Dementia Care in 9 OECD Countries [E-Book]: A Comparative Analysis / Pierre Moïse, Michael Schwarzinger and Myung-Yong Um
Moïse, Pierre.
Schwarzinger, Michael. / Um, Myung-Yong.
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2004
110 p. ; 21 x 29.7cm.
OECD Health Working Papers ; 13
Social Issues/Migration/Health
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Dementia and its most common manifestation, Alzheimer’s disease, is a complex disorder that afflicts primarily the elderly, affecting an estimated 10 million people in OECD member countries. The complexity of the disease makes treating dementia extremely difficult, involving a wide variety of social and health care interventions. Typically, these two aspects of dementia care are examined separately. This paper adopts a conceptual model that examines both types of interventions and how they interact along the dementia care continuum.There are no effective health care treatments for stopping dementia, which is why the social care aspect plays an important role in treating the disease, with family members an integral part of this process. This paper shows that programs designed to help alleviate the burden of family members caring for a relative with dementia can have positive health benefits to both patient and family. In particular, the use of group-living, where dementia ...