"sensible dementia care should rely on a series of lifestyle changes rather than pharmaceutical drugs"
I couldn't agree more! I've seen the ravages of dementia first hand, from mild to advanced Alzheimer's Disease. It saddens me that even in a facility specifically for memory care residents, food is not utilized to improve brain function, but only to appease what is viewed as "quality of life". Quality of life is important for all of us, but memory care institutions seem to define it as "doing the same thing you've always done".
For example, if dementia symptoms improved with certain dietary changes, surely that would aide quality of life, wouldn't it? Yes, it may require food budget adjustments, but many would be willing to absorb that increase in exchange for improved symptoms (aka quality of life).
As the American population moves into its golden years (beginning January 1st, 2011 and every single day thereafter for 19 years, more than 10,000 American will turn 65), many have already faced the challenges of dementia as a caregiver to parents and spouses. I inlcude myself in this group and would happily make dietary changes if it meant improved symptoms (without sacrificing dining comfort) or avoiding the decline myself.
I would love to hear public opinion on my beliefs. Please share your comments below. And if you'd like help in creating these dietary changes, in your own life or the life of someone you care for, write to me directly!