People should ‘get control’ of their dementia by finding someone to love them, a Government adviser has said
Here’s an interesting article from the Telegraph reporting the comments of Dr Charles Alessi who is the leading advisor for preventable dementia Public Health England. We’re not sure we really agree with Doctor Alessi, particularly with his assertion that “Actually it’s terribly easy to get control over your condition”.
At Compassionate Care For All we recognise that it isn’t easy to get control over a degenerative disease like Dementia and that many people are lacking the fundamental support that may help with this. Indeed the survey from Age UK that reports “41 per cent of people aged over 65 said their TV or pet is their main form of companion” is particularly telling and supports our view. What do you think? Let us know your views by commenting below. Here’s the article:
Dr Charles Alessi says people will get the “resilience” to deal with conditions such as dementia and diabetes through learning new things and finding people who love them.
People with conditions like dementia and diabetes “activate themselves” to get control of their illness by learning something new every day and finding someone to love them, a senior Government health adviser has said.
Dr Charles Alessi, the leading advisor for preventable dementia Public Health England, said doctors, dentists and pharmacists must stop practicing “medicine by body part” and warned modern medicine makes patients “conditions rather than people.”
Instead Dr Alessi, who is also the chair of the national Association of Primary Care, said that people with illnesses “whatever our age” must be given the “resilience” to take charge of their illness and their care.
A key part of creating this resilience, he said, was finding support from someone who “loves you” advising people will illnesses to “reach out” to find people and groups to “belong” to.
Age UK’s most recent survey shows that over one million older people admit to always or often feeling lonely, with 12 per cent feeling cut off from society.
41 per cent of people aged over 65 said their TV or pet is their main form of companion.
Speaking at Age UK’s For Later Life conference, Dr Alessi said: “We need to give control back to people and we give control back to people by increasingly their resilience.
“Resilience is really important because it gives you control over your condition. Actually it’s terribly easy to get control over your condition, and it’s terribly important that we all try to get control over our condition whatever our age is.
“The steps to do that are remarkably simple – be active, connect with people. Somebody loves you somewhere, you must belong somewhere, look around you, connect with people around you.
“Try to learn something every day; try to help somebody else around you. That’s all you need to do. That activates you. So you are in a position then where you can look around and take control of whatever condition you have.”
He added: “Our challenge is to try and get the professions – the pharmacy, the general practice, dentistry, all of them, as well as the care practitioners to not only understand this but to actually work to deliver this to populations.”
The above article was originally published in the Telegraph newspaper and was written by Georgia Graham.