The Role of Palliative Care in Dementia

Posted on Monday, November 16th, 2009

An October 20, 2009 New York Times article points out that “The lack of understanding about the physical toll of dementia means that many patients near the end of life are subjected to aggressive treatments that would never be considered with another terminal illness.”  In later stages of the disease life prolonging treatments may increase symptoms of confusion and anxiety, and fail to address pain adequately. 

Understanding the course of progression and the physical impact in later stages can guide family decisions about life prolonging treatment vs. palliative care.  Read the article for more information.