Innovative thinking puts Scotland ahead in tackling dementia | Scotland | #elderly | #seniors | #execrise
For decades adult daughters and sons have attended “memory clinic” appointments with their elderly parents, answering questions set by doctors about what Mum and Dad can do or not do and what risks they see.
When we listen though and pick up their cues, we realise that they are also worried about their own brain health. They know that dementia runs in families but are scared to bring up their fears as, after all, the prevailing sentiment is that dementia is “incurable, inevitable and irreversible”.
A decade ago, clinicians and scientists adhered to this view too. The field was a fatalistic one and focused on the diseases that lead to dementia being diseases of older people where symptom relief was the objective of therapies and