KNOWLEDGE IS POWER . . .

If we want to take control of our lives and the challenges we face, it requires that we have the necessary knowledge to do so. This is especially true in a field such as dementia.

Dementia is a group of severely debilitating, incurable diseases that affect both the individual and his/her family - and society.

Dementia is one of the biggest causes of disability and loss of independence among elderly people, and it is the third leading cause of death in wealthy countries.

The disease develops slowly - starting as early as the late 40s/early 50s - and manifests itself much later in life. In other words: It can be underway long before we know it, and when we get the diagnosis, there is "no way back".

Against this background, everything one can do to delay the onset or possibly completely prevent the disease is invaluable.

This is where knowledge comes in - and that's what this handbook is about: knowledge of what the disease is, knowledge of what individuals, their families and caretakers can do to get the best out of the situation, and, above all, knowledge of what a person who does not have the disease can do to improve the chances of avoiding it in the future!

With this in mind, the handbook is dedicated to the many people who want easy access to knowledge about a wide range of topics on dementia.

As mentioned, there is no cure for this disease yet, so a key aspect of the articles included in this handbook is to highlight what one can do to alleviate or delay (i.e. reduce the risk of) of the onset of the disease and live a good life with it.

We have strived to bring articles that are both down-to-earth and practical as well as have a high professional and scientific content, without being difficult to understand. The backgrounds of the authors are in dementia, nursing, biotechnology, and healthcare administration - but none of them are medical doctors.

Therefore, we want to emphasize that these articles do not replace consultations with your own doctor and with the municipalities' professional staff. At the same time, we want to emphasize that because we are all different, none of the solutions or advice presented on these pages apply to everyone.

Use the book as a supplement or inspiration for whatever you may want to discuss with your doctor/professional.

In  Table of Contents you can see the subjects that this book covers.

If you want to connect with the author, feel free to write to exec.kaizen@guiden65.dk.

December 2020 - The authors/editors

INTRODUCTION