Yesterday I did a webinar with Family Caregiver Alliance, on end-of-life issues for dementia caregivers.
(4/10/14: I have just uploaded this powerpoint to Slideshare, so you can see my slides here.)
As you can imagine, this is a big topic that can’t be covered comprehensively in an hour.
So, I focused the talk mainly on something that I often find myself wishing families had spent more time on: advance care planning. Specifically, I talked about how individuals and families can approach planning for future medical care, in the context of a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
Why? Because in my own experience, the last stage of life for a person with dementia is often strongly influenced by what kind of planning did — or didn’t — happen earlier on.[Read more…]