Discuss about the Journal Comment for Article review on Dementia Care.
Dementia Care in New Zealand
The introductory statement of the article is striking as it projects the alarming situation of New Zealand population in terms of dementia. Although the year projection is much late, however, estimations of the number of people to be affected by dementia is huge, that is, 50,000. This is because the people along with their family are the victims of stress, which has degraded the quality of their lives (Bishop et al., 2015). This stress has compelled them to suffer from memory loss in terms of the personal recreation. Studies in this regard points out the scenario of care giving within the family as well as outside. Research about dementia has projected the evidence of using databases for recording the medication provided to the patients. Effective utilization of the database has resulted in the technological advancement of the hospitals, care homes and other medical institutions.
Latest and technological machines are being used for curing the patients from dementia. This has upgraded the quality of the business procedures of the hospitals, care homes and the medical institutions and companies (Perkins, 2014). Telephonic interventions are an attraction in this direction, as it establishes a stable communication between the patients and the hospital staffs. Countering this, now social media has taken over the telephones. The ease of the patients to take suggestions from the doctors through online means is the typical evidence of the widespread benefits of the social media. Along with this, print media can also be placed with the social media in terms of altering the lifestyle of the patients. Now, they can themselves cure their disease at home by following the home remedies printed in the magazines, newspapers and webpage (Brooker & Latham, 2015). Herein lays the appropriateness of the development in every field of science as a whole.
Data collection of the family members and the interventions helps the scientists and the researchers to deduce relevant conclusions and recommendations towards effective care of dementia. Here, one of the promising discoveries is that FITT-C intervention gives a bounce to the mood of the individuals, lessening the feeling of burden. Six months of continuous evaluation is the typical component behind this discovery by the scientists. According to the other specifications of the discovery, the intervention proves effective in healing the distressed minds of the persons as well as their family members (Dewing & Dijk, 2016). In view of this discovery, stress can be accounted as one of the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.
Liberal approach of the scientists in terms of data collection has generated an urge among the managers of Rhode Island Hospital Institute to give approval in one chance. Countering this odd selection of the samples involved high risk of conflicts and biasness for deducing the results. As a matter of specification, the samples consisted of the caregivers, who were experienced in dealing with the patients suffering from depression, exhaustion, sadness, and conflicts among others. Along with this, they also had to provide diagnosis to a dementia patient either from a psychologist, neurologist or geriatrician prior to the commencement of their practice (Perkins, 2014). Here, the exclusion criteria included lack of telephonic access, lack of fluency in English; lower marks in the Mini Mental State Examination; not covering the age limitations.
The specifications of the interventions deviate from the actual requirements; however, it enhances the preconceived notions of the readers regarding the qualifications of the caregivers in terms of providing care to the dementia patients. Specifications in the results, if published in the magazines, newspapers and web pages alarms the general public in terms of taking preventive measures to systematize their lifestyle. These preventive measures, if taken with rationality, would nullify the estimations projected by the scientists (Bishop et al. 2015).
Bishop, D., Bryant, K., Davis, J., Fortinsky, R., Gozalo, P., Grover, C., Ott, B., Papandonatos, G., Sang Yue, M., & Tremont,G. (2015). Psychosocial telephone intervention for dementia caregivers: A randomized, controlled trial. Alzheimer’s And Dementia, 11(5), 541-548. Retrieved from: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2014.05.1752
Brooker, D., & Latham, I. (2015). Person-centred dementia care: Making services better with the VIPS framework. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Dewing, J., & Dijk, S. (2016). What is the current state of care for older people with dementia in general hospitals? A literature review. Dementia, 15(1), 106-124.
Perkins, C. (2014). Dementia-what you need to know: A guide for people with dementia, and their caregivers. Auckland, NZ: Random House. ISBN: 9781775534822