20 Questions 100 Answers 6 Perspectives About Dementia

What is dementia? How should the doctor share a diagnosis of dementia with the person and the family members? What happens after the diagnosis? What are some best-care practices?
This new, 2-disk program is a compilation of honest answers about dementia from medical doctors, professional care partners, family members of those diagnosed with dementia, and a person living with it. Filled with thoughtful perspectives and firsthand experiences, this DVD will both empower families to understand and deal with dementia on their own terms and encourage healthcare professionals to think beyond their current views of dementia to provide better person- and family-centered care.

20Q DVD caseTopics include:

  • Maintaining a respect for the personhood of each person
  • Ways to help persons with dementia to continue to live purposefully
  • Recognizing differences in forms of dementia
  • Medications and behavioral concerns
  • End-of-life care

Everyone will be informed, encouraged, and challenged by these well-rounded insights.
Hosted by journalist Julie Anderson, this program features Judy Berry, Mona Johnson, G. Allen Power, MD, Richard Taylor, PhD, Sarah Rowan, PhD, and Bill Thomas, MD.
Here is a list of questions:

  1. What is dementia?
    2. Are all dementia the same?
    3. What is Alzheimer's disease then?
    4. How do care partners approach a person with dementia in relation to types of dementia?
    5. We have heard these words; caregiver and care partner. What do they mean?
    6. How should a doctor tell you about a diagnosis, especially a terminal diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia?
    7. What is the best way for a physician to present a diagnosis?
    8. How would you like the diagnosis relayed to you as a patient or as family member?
    9. What role should you take in planning treatment?
    10. What criteria would families/professionals use to decide which drug to use?
    11. Is there a need for someone with dementia to enroll in clinical trial?
    12. Why do people resist accepting a diagnosis?
    13. What is the importance for accepting dementia diagnosis?
    14. Common phrase, “Alzheimer’s is the long goodbye.” “People with Alzheimer’s disease are fading away.” Is this a stigma? Are people with dementia really fading away?
    15. How can someone living with dementia have a sense of purpose?
    16. When dementia strikes in the family, what are some of the topics to discuss about dementia diagnosis at the family dinner table?
    17. What about hope?
    18. How can care partners understand what its like to live with the symptoms of dementia?
    19. what are best practices for care partners, professionals and people with dementia?
    20. In the life of a person with dementia today what is the role of reminiscing?
    21. How can care partners minimize stress?
    22. In reality, when should a person with dementia move to assisted living community?
    23. It is a human moral responsibility to look out for your neighbor; to have each other’s back. In this context, how should society, governments and families understand and respond to dementia?

We believe that this video is both informative and helpful to you in answering some of the questions you might have. Remember, the answers from each individual in this video are personal opinions.  The video is designed to give you information from various points of view so you can make informed decision as per your situation. Keep in mind that if you have met one person with dementia, you have only met one person with dementia.

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Judy Berry

Winner - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award