It was a privilege to be interviewed on ABC Breakfast by Paul Kennedy and Ali More, on 10 January 2017 in Melbourne. Almost better than that, was a family friend Jo Sullivan, a sports journalist who works there, who surprised me by escorting me to the studio (I had forgotten he worked there!!)! This is the interview:
Please note, the following comments are not a transcript of the interview.
Empowering other people diagnosed with dementia to learn to Iive with dementia, not simply go home and get ready to die from it via aged care (known as Prescribed Disengagement®), is what gets me out of bed every single day…
With 1800 new diagnosis every single week in Australia, surely it is imperative we all do this.
Receiving rehabilitation. and proactive disability support, AT THE TIME OF DIAGNOSIS, is why I see as our biggest challenge, and this is a basic human rights issue.
People with dementia are being diagnosed earlier in the disease, and the emerging evidence is clearly showing if we make lifestyle changes (e.g. as we would be told to do with heart disease), and get rehabilitation we can delay the progression.
The global response to the more than 47.5 million of people with dementia and the new diagnosis every 3.2 seconds has been slow, including in Australia, and only now is the World Health Organisation writing a Global Action Plan for Dementia.
The conclusion of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development , based on an exhaustive study of the world’s 38 richest countries is that “Dementia receives the worst care in the developed world”. Frankly, this is unacceptable.
Emerging evidence is showing it is possible to slow down and even reverse cognitive decline in some types of dementia, when diagnosed in the very early stages or at the pre dementia stage. We need to embrace this emerging evidence, or the negative impact to dementia care and our prognosis will be impacted greatly if we don’t.
Professor Dale Bredesen is proving with his MEND protocol it is possible to reverse cognitive decline in people with MCI or early stage Alzheimer’s Disease, with lifestyle and other changes.
We need everyone to get behind this research, and this way of managing people with dementia, as so far, the drugs trials for either a cure or for modifying the disease continue to FAIL.
Of course I’d like a cure, who wouldn’t?!
In the meantime, let’s just support people to live with dementia, with real support for the disabilities it brings with it, and without the stigma, discrimination and isolation we almost all currently experience….