The Ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease: Dr. Prischmann’s Personal Experience
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect millions of Americans. These terrible conditions rob individuals of their memories, as well as the ability to perform simple day-to-day tasks and to make decisions about their own care.
Dr. Jess Prischmann has been personally touched by the devastation of watching a loved one suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and the impossible choices faced by family members. In the January/February 2016 edition of the journal Minnesota Medicine, Dr. Prischmann recounts the experience she had with her grandmother and the turmoil involved with deciding what to do in a situation where the person who is ill cannot make her own choices about the future of her care.
Dr. Prischmann’s essay offers an interesting look, from both a doctor’s and a loved one’s perspective, at an issue that has tragically affected far too many people across the globe. Please take a moment and read the full article to learn about Dr. Prischmann’s personal story and what she feels is necessary when it comes to decisions about end-of-life care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.