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Last week I finished the training to be a certified Alzheimer’s dementia care trainer, and the trainer who trained us gave us a copy of the book – Creating Moments Of Joy.

I have been reading it, and it’s just an amazing book.

If you are taking care of a loved one who has Alzheimer’s or dementia, or any kind of cognitive issues, grab a copy of that book.

The first chapter says to get a diagnosis.

It’s very important for us to get a diagnosis.

A lot of people would say that they don’t want to know that they have an illness.

However, we want to know. We want to get a diagnosis because if we don’t have a goal, we can’t hit that goal.

It’s like with basketball, we can’t shoot the ball in the hoop if we don’t know where the hoop is.

It’s the same thing with treating a disease, we can’t treat a disease if we don’t know what were treating for.

Like blood pressure issues like hypertension, you just can’t give a high blood pressure medication to a person who has high blood pressure. You have to know what’s causing the illness.

It’s the same thing with dementia. You have to get proper diagnosis. Go to your primary care doctor. If they can’t help, then you can go to a neurologist.

Some kinds of dementia can be treated.

If you are suspecting that your loved one has dementia, go and get a proper diagnosis. Identify the kind of dementia. Is it a real dementia or a pseudo dementia?

Find and get that proper diagnosis so that you can actually treat it.

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Dr Michael Chua PT, DPT

Dr Michael Chua is a physical therapist practising in Home Health, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Acute Care Hospital. His clinical interest involves pain management, geriatrics and dementia management. He enjoys treating patients and bringing out the best in them using positive treatment approaches, his dynamic work setting in a rural area provides an opportunity to treat a wide range from geriatrics to orthopaedics.

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