Sharing with you today a comment that I received on a blog that I did a few days ago. A gentleman from California requested an interview with me and had written an article. The lady who commented on the blog was from Canada. Her comment is below.
"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 diagnose sooner:"
One day I ask my college roommate, who is Professor Emeritus at a major Medical School, "what will it take to change the culture in regards to receiving an early diagnosis of dementia"? His response was that it would need to start with the medical students. My diagnosis involved eight physicians and eighteen months. No one was putting the puzzle together until I was referred to a major cognitive and memory clinic in Atlanta. 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 much that can be done with an early diagnosis. There is life beyond the diagnosis. Much planning must be done to protect the family with all of the "what ifs, including legal, financial, healthcare directives and others.
For those that struggle to receive the diagnosis, they must remain strong and steady. They must continue to forge ahead to get an accurate diagnosis. With determination and an early diagnosis, the person has time to adapt, make plans, enjoy living, enjoy family, check things off the bucket list, advocacy, making a difference in the others lives and finding new hobbies. I am confident that you will be able to think of many more. Working TOGETHER we will change the culture of dementia!
Fight Like a Tiger - Be LBD Strong
©July 31,2016 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.