Handling Dementia on an International Level
Though it is thought that the United States is one of the leading countries in dementia and memory loss care, other countries around the globe offering new and innovative treatment methods. These new and innovative methods to Alzheimer’s, dementia, memory loss and other related care issues are offering new insights that assisted-living communities can use. These are allowing not only caregivers, but also families to look at Alzheimer’s care in a different way. The following are a few of the ways that other countries are offering an in-depth look at the illness of Alzheimer’s, development of dementia and memory loss care. These findings are vitally important due to the rising number of Alzheimer’s disease throughout the world, which currently stands at 35.6 million people.
The Netherlands has taken on a cutting edge approach to dementia care. In recent years, they have looked into progressive dementia treatment options through their national dementia program. There leading resource is found in Amsterdam, which is currently offering a care community known as Hegewey. Hegewey has received notice through several international press organizations including the BBC. Their approach is to offer an option where residents suffering from dementia do not live in locked down facilities. They are offered a minimum amount of medication, private living quarters, and the ability to handle their day in any way they see fit. Their days may include cooking, shopping, visiting the hairdresser or doing anything that they want to do. The idea is to offer patients the concepts of grabbing onto the lifestyle they used to hold dear. This view has been studied for over 20 years with various residents. The outcome has shown that residents do live a happier lifestyle than those in their United States counterparts who are in locked facilities.
Another controversial approach to dementia care is being handled in the United Kingdom. Their government funded program known as the Dementia Friends runs through their version of the Alzheimer’s Society. Their goal is to offer a happier existence for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients without the need for a locked down environment. The belief is that those seniors who are in a locked down environment may feel that they are in jail or that they are being punished for some reason. The United Kingdom, much like the Netherlands, has found that offering more freedom rather than restriction has led to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients living a happier existence rather than an existence of the year.
These are just two examples of the global and international view of Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Currently, the United States is one of the only countries that is still maintaining a hard guideline of keeping Alzheimer’s and memory loss care patients with and confined areas. Even though the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Japan and other countries have shown several studies showing that dementia and Alzheimer’s patients have a longer lifespan, happier life span and decreased medicated life span through freedom lifestyles, the United States is still yet to adopt this particular lifestyle option.