Multi-morbidity in Dementia – A 21st Century Challenge (webinar recording)

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Webinar presented by Sube Banerjee,  June 19 2017

Multi-morbidity is the rule rather than the exception in dementia. People with dementia by definition have multiple challenges in multiple domains as a consequence of their dementia.

In addition less than a fifth of people with dementia only have dementia.  Four fifths have at least one other significant physical or mental disorder and many have a number of conditions simultaneously.  Complexity in those with dementia is therefore common.  Many of our existing research and management paradigms are based on the notion of simplicity (i.e. addressing the dementia alone) or have a presumption of additiveness (i.e. that the treatment of Condition X in dementia is simply the treatment of Condition X and the treatment of dementia).

Emerging evidence suggests that there may be considerable error in making these assumptions and that failing to deal with complexity means failing those with dementia.  In this session we will consider complexity and multi-morbidity in dementia and what this means in our mission to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and those that support them by improving the quality of care that we provide.

Sube Banerjee