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  •  Institutionalization of dementia pts is not (4+ / 0-)

    a viable option in many cases.  I am old enough to remember the bad old days when dementia pts were warehoused in "asylums".  Later they were placed in nursing homes but the philosophy remained the same: there is no cure and no hope for recovery or even maintaining the status quo.  Dementia pts faced a certain degradation of their cognitive abilities, finally culminating in catatonia unless a URI or pneumonia took them out first.

    Families who chose to not institutionalize face little financial assistance in keeping their loved one at home and almost no social safety net.  It is up to family members to provide care to the family member's ever increasing needs 24/7 with no respite, no relief and frequently without family support, paradoxically.

    Caveat: I spent 6 years of my life caring for my wife who suffered from dementia.  My views may be a bit jaundiced

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