7. After the Diagnosis

Continuing Neurological Care of the Outpatient with Dementia

  1. Joseph F. Quinn MD
  1. Anne M. Lipton

Published Online: 25 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118656082.ch7

Dementia

Dementia

How to Cite

Quinn, J. F. (2013) After the Diagnosis, in Dementia, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118656082.ch7

Author Information

  1. Department of Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR, USA

Author Information

  1. Diplomate in Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 13 NOV 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470674246

Online ISBN: 9781118656082

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Keywords:

  • anti-dementia medications;
  • advanced health care directives;
  • respite care

Summary

Making the diagnosis of dementia represents only a first step in the journey for a patient with this illness, loved ones, and other caregivers. What comes next can make the difference between decompensation and successful coping. Approaches to dementia care comprise lifestyle changes as well as pharmacological intervention. This chapter provides practical ways for a physician to help plot an easier course for all, including optimizing medications, advanced planning, and assisting family caregivers.