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Title: Dementia in Australia: Clinical recommendations post-diagnosis
Authors: Foxe, David;D'Mello, Mirelle;Cheung, Sau Chi;Bowen, Julane;Piguet, Olivier;Hwang, Yun Tae 
Affliation: Central Coast Local Health District
Gosford Hospital
Issue Date: 26-Feb-2024
Source: Online ahead of print
Journal title: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Department: Neurology
Abstract: The delivery of a dementia diagnosis, the information provided, and the practical advice and support arranged can have a long-lasting impact on patients and their families and deserves attention equal to that given to the assessment and investigation process. Patients and their families need a constructive yet sensitive conversation about the nature and cause of their difficulties, communicated in plain language, and tailored to their main concerns and needs. This conversation should lead to the provision of high-quality, easily accessible information. Following this, clinicians may wish to consider broaching the following dementia topics: (1) pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, (2) connection and integration with relevant organisations, (3, 4) application for formal support services and engagement with support teams, (5) safety in the home, (6, 7) financial planning, guardianship and legal matters, (8) driving eligibility, (9) support and education resources to family carers and (10) research initiatives and genetic information. Addressing these topics will contribute to improved disease management, which is likely to improve the dementia journey for the patient, their carer(s), and family.
DOI: 10.1111/ajag.13291
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Aged
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