The current number of people suffering from dementia is about 35.6 million and this number is destined to seriously growth. Dementia is mostly unknown and its in-vivo diagnosis frequently remains in the field of the uncertainty and probability. An early comprehension of the disease is crucial because it determines its impact on the person and on the family. The present opinion started from the analysis of the letter written by Robin Williams’ wife about his illness (the Lewy Body Dementia) before, during and after death. Several issues arouse from the commentary and deal with the difficulties involved in the diagnosis; the role of cognitive reserve and the pitfalls growing in the couple, the lack of information, the awareness of the disease; the theme of the suicide linked to dementia and the role of neuropathology. All of these themes need a reflection and must be transformed into new attitudes towards dementias. The hope of Susan, and of many family members, is that the suffering of their relatives may one day help other patients, other families and doctors and researchers to fight these terrible diseases. With them and for them we will not surrender. ; Open Access Journal of Neurology,Journal of Neurology & Neurosurgery,Open Access Journal,juniper publishers,neurology open access journals, journal of neurology, neurology indexed journals, neurology scholarly journals, journal of neurology, neurology journals impact factor,juniper publishers reivew

Key Role of the Diagnosis in Patients Suffering from Dementia

Natalia Altomari;Patrizia Notaro
2017

Abstract

The current number of people suffering from dementia is about 35.6 million and this number is destined to seriously growth. Dementia is mostly unknown and its in-vivo diagnosis frequently remains in the field of the uncertainty and probability. An early comprehension of the disease is crucial because it determines its impact on the person and on the family. The present opinion started from the analysis of the letter written by Robin Williams’ wife about his illness (the Lewy Body Dementia) before, during and after death. Several issues arouse from the commentary and deal with the difficulties involved in the diagnosis; the role of cognitive reserve and the pitfalls growing in the couple, the lack of information, the awareness of the disease; the theme of the suicide linked to dementia and the role of neuropathology. All of these themes need a reflection and must be transformed into new attitudes towards dementias. The hope of Susan, and of many family members, is that the suffering of their relatives may one day help other patients, other families and doctors and researchers to fight these terrible diseases. With them and for them we will not surrender. ; Open Access Journal of Neurology,Journal of Neurology & Neurosurgery,Open Access Journal,juniper publishers,neurology open access journals, journal of neurology, neurology indexed journals, neurology scholarly journals, journal of neurology, neurology journals impact factor,juniper publishers reivew
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