Dr. Ayati talked about how to help people with dementia at the Avenidas' 16th Annual Caregiver Conference:
"Rather than endless medical tests and drugs, what is really needed is more training in geriatric care for doctors and nurses, Ayati said. In the U.S., the current norm is spending less on social services and more on health care – after people become ill.
One in nine people age 65 and over has dementia, he said, with many more undiagnosed. Cutting back on unnecessary and ineffective drugs, medical treatments and procedures, and using that money to pay family caregivers in order to keep seniors home, where they want to be, is the way to go."