Sharing with you today a comment that I received on a blog I did a few days ago after a gentleman from California requested to interview me. The lady that made the comment is from Canada. She literally hit the "nail on the head".
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"Dad had the same diagnosis with the same symptoms. We need our family physicians be more educated on this disease as that is where we start our journey, and it would help to an early diagnosis.
I ask my college roommate, who is Professor Emeritus at Vanderbilt, "what will it take to change the culture with regards to early diagnosis of dementia"? His response was that it needed to start in the Medical Schools. Family practice physicians diagnose 10% of those with LBD. They take care of 90% of those living with LBD.
Valuable time is lost for the person being diagnosed when there is a delay in getting them to a Cognitive Neurologist. There is so much that can be done with an early diagnosis. There is life beyond diagnosis. Much planning must be done to protect the family with all of the "what ifs?, legal, financial and others.
For those that struggle to receive the diagnosis, they must be strong and steady. They must continue to forge ahead to get an accurate diagnosis. At this point in time, accepting the diagnosis will largely define the journey in most people. Working TOGETHER we can change the culture of dementia!
Fight Like a Tiger - Be LBD Strong
©July 5,2016 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.