By South Florida Fox31 Chief Medical Reporter and Chief Medical Editor Dr. Rick Sanchez.
You don’t hear about people going to the extreme like this all the time. It just doesn’t happen. But when you see an adult with advanced dementia, talking and signing simple language about sex, movies, eating and how to use their finger as a small voice, you don’t really put much stock in that.
You treat the patient to a Doctor’s visit with AUC. A Consultation for AUC in Alzheimer’s disease.
Now, and as long as this lasted, he was just being his normal energetic self.
A field of support staff worked with him, too. This included clinical assistants, others trained in behavior modification. Someone to work on his medications, others assigned to work on his day to day tasks.
At first, and if he cooperated, his caregivers talked with him. And if he cooperated, they spoke with him, one by one.
There was calm and energy with each session. Then a shift.
There was more agitation and frustration. But then a shift again. He accepted a minimal dose of medication, and he did learn how to control his behavior.
When I asked the family if they would consider AUC, they said no. And you can argue over the value of that, even while it works.
But what no one can argue is the fact that despite what seemed an insurmountable steep hill and several major setbacks, the family was able to maintain a level of dignity and quality of life for the aging father, even as dementia progressed.
He is a living demonstration of how neuroscience works and how we can harness it in medical care.