Could different cultures teach us something about dementia?

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Picture two different families, each dealing with a diagnosis of dementia in one of its members.

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In one case, the patient is a retired executive, whose family tries as long as possible to keep the diagnosis secret, relying primarily on professional caregivers and eventually a nursing home.

Voe 1aIn another case, the patient is a grandmother. As soon as the diagnosis is suspected, her family pulls together, bringing her into their home and surrounding her with affection.

These two approaches to dementia reflect very different attitudes toward the disease.

One regards it…

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