ABC The World Today: 3 June 2009
Associate Professor Brian Draper from the University of New South Wales, who will be speaking at the Alzheimer’s Australia National Conference in Adelaide this week, has indicated that an early diagnosis of dementia can increase the likelihood depression and of suicide.
A 2008 Danish study has found that people who were diagnosed with Alzheimer's early are eight to ten times more likely to take their own lives; therefore clinicians are being encouraged to “emphasise that quality of life can be maintained, give people realistic hope about the future and offer appropriate support.” > read transcript and download podcast : SMH story
- Listen to news story (4:28) (expires September 1, 2009)
- Early dementia diagnosis and the risk of suicide and euthanasia by B.Draper, C.Peisah, H.Brodaty and J.Snowdon. Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 2009 article in press
- Sydney Morning Herald news story (3 June 2009)
- Press release from 2008 Danish study (29 February 2008)
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