Dementia is reaching epidemic proportions. To date treatment has focused on cognitive and behavioural symptoms and their management, but the physical side has been neglected. Physical comorbidity is extremely common in people with dementia and leads to excess disability and reduced quality of life for the affected person and their family. Physical comorbidity is often treatable if not reversible. Epilepsy, delirium, falls, oral disease, malnutrition, frailty, incontinence, sleep disorders and visual dysfunction are found to occur more frequently in dementia sufferers. Physical Comorbidities of Dementia describes how these may present and gives detailed information and evidence-based recommendations on how to recognise and manage these conditions. Written by clinicians, each chapter deals with a separate condition accompanied by a list of recommendations for management. Physical Comorbidities of Dementia provides practical explanations and solutions to help all healthcare professionals to improve care for people with dementia.
Covers an area where there is a marked lack of knowledge amongst healthcare professionals despite the increasing numbers of people with dementia
Provides practical and achievable strategies for the identification and management of the common physical comorbidities of dementia to help achieve a more comprehensive assessment and better management
Each chapter deals with a separate condition for quick reference
About the Authors:
Susan Kurrle, University of Sydney
Susan Kurrle is Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, and Geriatrician and Clinical Director, Division of Rehabilitation and Aged Care, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service, Hornsby, NSW, Australia.
Henry Brodaty, University of New South Wales
Henry Brodaty is Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health and Director at the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, and Director, Aged Care Psychiatry at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Roseanne Hogarth, University of Sydney
Roseanne Hogarth is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in dementia at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia.