Opinion: The Many Ways of Coping With Alzheimer’s
On 24 December 2019 the New York Times published an article Sweethearts Forever. Then Came Alzheimer’s, Murder and Suicide. This is the story of Mrs. Alma and Mr. Richard Shaver of Brick, New Jersey US, Alma's Alzheimer's diagnosis and the decision by Richard to end their lives in a tragic murder/ suicide. It was a piece that touched a chord with many, echoing across social media and sparking comments on the disease, dignity in care and end-of-life planning, and the need for support of caregivers.
IPA President, Dr. William Reichman shared his thoughts on behalf of the IPA in this opinion piece published today: Opinion letters: The Many Ways of Coping With Alzheimer’s and we encourage you to read through his response.
It is the belief of IPA leadership that it is important IPA "contribute to the public dialogue around issues germane to geriatric mental health, dementia and care giving" as it fits the IPA mission: To advance our members and the geriatric mental health of older people everywhere through education, research, professional development, advocacy, health promotion and service development.