Peter McKnight: Alzheimer Cafes address dementia patients' isolation (PHC)

For many people, a dementia diagnosis represents the end. Not the end of life, or even the end of quality of life.

But in contrast to other diseases, where a diagnosis is typically followed by a course of treatment and a deepening relationship with health care professionals, people with dementia often avoid further contact with the health care system, including their doctors. Indeed, a recent study from the University of Oxford found that 69 per cent of dementia patients remain unknown to their family doctors.

At Providence Health Care’s 15th Annual Geriatric Services Conference, Dialogue on Aging, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, nurse-psychologist Gemma Jones, who founded the first Alzheimer’s Cafe in the United Kingdom in 2000, will discuss the Cafe concept in an evening public presentation. The talk will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday April 6, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

 

Peter McKnight reports 

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