Communication in dementia care

Elizabeth Chmelik, Reiko Emtman, Anna Borisovskaya, Soo Borson

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Dementia is a progressive neurodegenerative illness that affects a growing number of older adults in our country. We discuss ways to improve the management of persons with dementia within current healthcare models. Specifically, we argue that structured communication at regular intervals is essential for dementia care at all phases of illness. We emphasize the need for a single healthcare provider to take on a central role in organizing communication between patient, family and other healthcare providers in the outpatient setting. We also emphasize the need for healthcare providers to begin conversations about prognosis, care transitions and end of life early while balancing these difficult conversations with a hopeful attitude of realistic optimism that the disease can be managed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-490
Number of pages12
JournalNeurodegenerative disease management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • communication
  • dementia
  • prognosis


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