Alzheimer's, Dementia, Emergency Preparedness, Health & Wellness, Senior Services

Emergency Room Environment for Alzheimer’s Patients – Denver Hospital Takes the Lead

I would not call the emergency room featured in the article below “paradise”, but I would say it is a vast improvement over others in terms of amenities and should be considered for all emergency rooms, not only for those receiving persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

There are large clocks to read the time, big white boards written with exactly what tests and treatments you are receiving and how long they will last, softer lighting, no disruptive noises from monitors, curtains with soothing scenes to look at such as waterfalls.

The report claims the floors are designed with falls in mind but the bathroom floor looks like tile. No to tile! Use linoleum (rubber) or other material which can cushion falls and is quiet!!

Wondering if I missed seeing guard rails on the bed.

The senior TV correspondent in the video in the link falls short of being articulate, but the TV station footage captured at the hospital is worth viewing.

Congratulations to Denver’s Lutheran Medical Center for taking this first step. May the world follow your lead.

Note: The article in the link below was found on an excellent free weekly newsletter (via a Denver TV station). Alzheimer’s Weekly.

Aging, Alzheimer's, Dementia

Powerful Radio Documentary about Alzheimer’s/Dementia from Pieter Droppert, UK

Pieter Droppert, a British science writer and blogger, has produced a brilliant radio documentary about the “quiet crisis”, not cancer, but the growing number of seniors with some form of dementia. ¬†Statistics, he reports, say one in three persons over 60 will likely develop some form of dementia.

Here below is a link to the extraordinary 25 minute narrative. ¬†Pieter’s mother Audrey is one of the subjects: