Dementia patients 'can still make decisions'

Posted on 30 September 2011

People with long term care plans due to a dementia diagnosis can still make decisions in their everyday lives, findings from a research project indicate.

The study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) investigated how married couples living with dementia make daily decisions.

These decisions included what to wear or eat, who manages the finances, and whether or not to attend a day centre.

It was found that people with dementia were still likely to be involved in decision-making, but may look to their spouse for help.

Furthermore, men with the neurodegenerative condition are more likely to continue to take the lead if they have always done so.

Dr Geraldine Boyle, from Bradford University, noted: "It's important for people with dementia to be supported to allow them to make decisions where they're still able to.

"Having dementia doesn't mean you automatically lose your decision-making ability - this needs to be considered on a decision-by-decision basis. Professionals need to facilitate the involvement of people with dementia in decision-making as much as possible."

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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