Dementia and euthanasia: one of the most difficult topics to discuss

When you no longer recognize your own children, when you slowly lose your memories and release the pins on which the pendulum of your past hangs and you don’t know who you are anymore… are you still alive? More and more people have Dementia included in a euthanasia statement because they see the loss of Read More …

Dealing with Dementia: The power of nonverbal communication

Communicating with someone with Dementia can be made easier with some techniques. The damage in their brain has changed the way they hear, process and respond to conversations. That’s why it’s necessary to adapt the way we communicate to match their abilities. How you talk is more important than what you say In the approach of the person Read More …

Ethic dilemmas in Dementia: the bad news (2)

It is common knowledge that almost everyone wants to know as soon as possible that his or her partner has died. That you leave the transmission of that bad news to close relatives, is a token of respect for how relatives (want to) experience death with each other. Moreover, mourning and burial are strongly culturally and religiously determined, something that you as an outsider are not always aware of. Read More …

Recognize pain in people with Dementia

People with Dementia feel pain, just like everyone else. As Dementia progresses, the person’s language skills may change, making it very difficult for them to communicate with others when they are in pain. This can cause their pain to go undetected and untreated. Pain scale An international team of physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, epidemiologists, and psychologists Read More …