Dementia victims ‘written off by families’

Relatives and care staff found to be too pessimistic about activities sufferers can manage which could worse the condition

  • Alzheimer’s disease sufferers worse when their families give up on them 
  • Families and care home staff believe sufferers cannot do leisure activities
  • Researchers found dementia sufferers benefited from regular stimulation
  • Patients suffer greater agitation when the illness progresses  

Elderly people with dementia are too readily written off by relatives and carers, research suggests.

A study of care home residents found staff and families were overly-pessimistic about the types of activities that relations and patients were capable off.

This could lower quality of life, an Australian medical conference heard.