For Patients and Families

With the right care a loved one can slow their progression of dementia and have more life to live. 

The best place to start is understanding your risk

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WHAT'S YOUR RISK?

Understanding your dementia risk or a loved one’s risk, is a great place to begin when your worried about the disease. Take the dementia assessment quiz and find out.

Care for the Whole Family

There are numerous articles and books to recommend, but most of the ones I have on my bibliography are more for clinicians.  There are a several online video presentations by Dr. David Perlmutter and his “Awakening from Alzheimer’s” videos that are sometimes free.  There are several excellent Youtube videos by him and Dr. Dale Bredesen in California that we could steer families and caregivers to.  The video series of Dr. Perlmutter has experts speaking for 60 minutes each about  the 3 topics above and much more.  Dr. Perlmutter has an excellent podcast “The Empowering Neurologist” that is high level for clinicians, but interesting for all.  I might be able to get one of the series doctors to let us link to their series from our Website. It is important that our DRC will need to accept the uniqueness of each patient’s situation and know that very few specific recommendations pertain to all comers.  We can talk general principles for all, but be careful about specific recommendations for all – for example, the ketogenic diet may not be good for people with liver disease, etc.

Clincial Myths and the Truth

There are clinical myths and much new dementia info that remains unknown to most front-line doctors and other clinicians, even at big centers.  Most doctors couldn’t recite more than a handful of dementia risk factors.  Common public myths include much false information about patients that is cultural or just tradition.  Like just talking louder or babytalk to persons living with dementia. Or getting too close or standing tall over them when talking, or worse, just talking to the caregiver and ignoring the client.  Or asking them a question instead of making a nice comment to get a conversation going.  The biggest myth for clinicians and public is that there is nothing that can be done for dementia.  Not so.  It’s just that the American bio-medical model of medical care says that treatment has to be a drug or expensive procedure.  The second biggest myth is that dementia is not preventable.  Dr. Bredesen thinks that way more than 80% is probably preventable. 

Hope is not lost

Founder Dr. Pat Zook shares how families are often shocked when a loved one receives a Dementia diagnosis. Central Minnesota Dementia Community Action Network offers a different approach. We focus on the patient, their families, and their medical providers. With a personalized focus, hope is not lost. The patient has more life to live.

Schedule a dementia consultation today with Dr. Zook at our St. Cloud, MN office.

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