Professor Graham Stokes
Director of Memory Care Services, HC-One @ProfGStokes
Dementia is a common, chronic, irreversible condition that predominantly affects older people, interfering with the patient’s cognitive functions, social interactions and behaviour.
Although our understanding of its basic pathophysiology has significantly increased over the past few years, dementia remains essentially incurable. It is not rapidly fatal and many patients survive several years after the diagnosis is made. During this time the patients’ cognitive functions slowly deteriorate and the patient becomes difficult to manage.
In the absence of effective medication to treat dementia, relatives and caregivers have to adjust and be prepared to meet an increasing burden of care for the patient. With no option but to witness the gradual deterioration of their loved one, this exerts a tremendous psycho-social, as well as economic burden on the patient, relatives, caregivers and the community.
This event is perfect for clinicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals providing care to patients with dementia, and administrators of nursing homes and similar institutions where patients with dementia are admitted.
Relatives of patients with dementia will also find the academic programme useful; to better understand and appreciate the impact of the dementia on their loved ones’ impaired cognitive functions and aberrant behaviour. This understanding will provide caregivers the means of avoiding some aberrant behaviours.