“Late Life: Facing Dementia” features people living with dementia. Instead of focusing on the doctors who treat these patients, it features the organizations that are helping them live well and advocates who are making communities more “Alzheimer’s friendly.”
“We have a health care delivery model that works great for acute illness – like a heart attack or a hip replacement. But that same system offers substantially less support to an 85-year-old woman with bad eyesight and early dementia living alone, taking multiple medications,” says Eric Anderson, MD, an Allina Health internist who specializes in hospice and palliative care.
“Studies of the reasons for emergency room visits and hospital stays show that a lack of support for basic needs like nutrition, transportation, monitoring medications, and adult daycare leads to many of these episodes,” Anderson says.
“Late Life” is a documentary series co-produced by Twin Cities Public Television and Allina Health. Many of the issues that patients and families face due to serious illness are highlighted through profiles of Minnesota families.
Following “Late Life: Facing Dementia,” at 5:30, tpt2 will air “Re-imagining Late Life: Exploring Options,” a discussion moderated by Minnesota Public Radio and tpt2 host Cathy Wurzer.
“We are working to extend the support of the hospital and clinic to people living at home, even as medical conditions challenge their health and independence. We want everyone to think about their role in providing quality of life to those in our state living with serious illness,” Anderson says.
To see all episodes of Late Life, visit http://www.lifecoursemn.org/videos/documentaries.