Answers to Common Alzheimer’s Disease Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about Alzheimer’s disease and how to live with and manage the condition.

How do doctors help patients and families manage the daily progression of Alzheimer’s disease?

Dr. Larry Lawhorne discusses how doctors help patients and families manage the daily progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

We are a group of geriatricians. People might also see family physicians or internists. What we offer is that we make the journey with you. Caregivers want to call us up and talk about a problem or how they handled a situation. A few years ago, a wife called and said, “My husband doesn’t think I’m his wife anymore and he wants me to leave. This is what I did. Tell me what you think.” She said, “I went in the other room. I changed clothes. I brought our wedding album in and I said, ‘You know, it’s wonderful being married to you. I was just looking at our wedding album.’”

I told her I would have done exactly the same thing. The point of the story is that we learn so much from patients and caregivers – even people who don’t participate in clinical trials teach us a lot. The Alzheimer's Association provides lots of support groups and the more caregivers can share with each other, the more they can learn. It really is the journey that is important.

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Source: Larry Lawhorne, MD, Wright State Physicians; National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association