Palliative and end of life care for people with dementia
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Palliative and end of life care for people with dementia

Karen Harrison Dening Head of research and evaluation, Dementia UK, London

Dementia is a life-limiting condition that is largely a disease of ageing. However, older people in general, and older people with dementia in particular, have not always had equal access to effective palliative and end of life care. As a result, people with dementia at the end of life often receive aggressive and burdensome interventions, or inadequate assessment and management of their symptoms. Patterns in how people with dementia experience and present symptoms as they near the end of life can indicate when the goals of care should change and a palliative approach should be adopted.

Nursing Standard. 30, 23,42-49. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.23.42.s46

Correspondence

Karen.Harrison-Dening@dementiauk.org

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Received: 13 September 2014

Accepted: 30 January 2015