Hitting the Biomedical Wall

first_imgby, Dr. Al Power, ChangingAging ContributorTweetShareShareEmail0 Shares Dr. Al PowerThis short and not-too-sweet post is an addendum to my guest editorial that was published here in McKnight’s on Friday, July 24th.People who continue to teach about “managing problem behaviors” in people living with dementia are akin to doctors teaching medical students how to do lobotomies.It is 2015, and the perpetuation of outmoded concepts for supporting people living with dementia is inexcusable. Sadly, much of this stigmatized attitude continues to reside with those who are “leading the way”—in research, education, and advocacy.Every day we hear about cutting edge research into the neurobiology of Alzheimer’s and the exciting new frontiers that may soon open up to us. But to talk about cutting edge biomedical research without evolving one’s understanding of the experience of Alzheimer’s is like performing 21st century open-heart surgery with 19th century unsterilized instruments. And the “patient” will suffer equally in either case.Related PostsTrust at StakeThe full text of Eilon Caspi’s recent journal article “Trust at stake: Is the “dual mission” of the U.S. Alzheimer’s Association out of balance?” is now available for free thanks to an anonymous donor seeking to raise awareness of the gross imbalance of effort and funding between the Association’s dual…Will More Money Buy an Alzheimer’s Cure?To much fanfare from the Alzheimer’s disease research lobby, the Obama administration announced plans this week to dramatically increase federal funding on Alzheimer’s. But advocates for those who live with the disease are asking why more isn’t being done to educate the public and improve care and living conditions for…Latest Alzheimer’s From The Inside Out NewsletterThe latest edition of Richard Taylor’s newsletter Alzheimer’s From the Inside Out was published today. If you want a deeper understanding of dementia, and the people who live with it, I highly recommend you become a subscriber by clicking here. Here’s what Richard has to say about the latest research…TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: Alzheimers Dementia mcknightslast_img

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