ARE YOU A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL INVOLVED WITH THE CARE OF OLDER PEOPLE WITH, OR AT RISK OF DEMENTIA?
A/Prof Alex Bahar-Fuchs is a clinical and research neuropsychologist who specializes in the early detection of dementia and in the delivery of tailored, person-centred therapy, based on principles of enablement. He works collaboratively with patients, their close others (e.g., family), and medical team to improve meaningful everyday outcomes for people living with or at risk of dementia and other age-related conditions (e.g., stroke).
We now know that dementia or significant cognitive decline are not part of usual ageing, and changes associated with neurodegenerative conditions that often lead to dementia can be detected much earlier with a thorough clinical evaluation including a neuropsychological assessment.
Although symptomatic drug treatments remain important, none can prevent, stop, or reverse dementia. Indeed, the Dementia Practice Guidelines of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners maintain that care for people with dementia should focus on the promotion of dignity and independence through non-pharmacologic treatment approaches. Thankfully, evidence-based, non-pharmacological treatments have been shown to improve cognition, promote functional independence and wellbeing, and reduce care burden.
Dr Bahar-Fuchs has published extensively on this topic.