More Telemedicine Is a Good Thing

More Telemedicine Is a Good Thing
Turning our attention away from the all-intrusive pandemic (at least from the primary topics surrounding COVID-19), it’s good to take a minute from the turmoil of the virus to engage with something positive. The continual waves of uncertainty that drive COVID-19 may leave something positive in the disease's painful wake, particularly for people with Alzheimer’s or other debilitating diseases.

Telehealth

Technology gives healthcare providers the ability to treat patients at home. Telehealth has taken center stage as doctor’s offices are closed up tight and hospital emergency rooms fill with sick COVID-19 patients. At the same time, people with aches, pains, and common illnesses that aren't life-threatening are resigned to wait, unable to see their doctors in person. A simple solution is now in play. Doctors and nurse practitioners are addressing patients digitally, diagnosing symptoms and creating treatment plans for the person on the other side of a computer screen. Yes, telemedicine existed before the pandemic, but it wasn’t widespread. Looking back, I wish that telehealth had been an option for my mother. It was fine that it wasn’t available in the early days of her dementia, but as the disease progressed, the choice would have been very helpful.

The challenge of visits to the doctor

The process of getting to the doctor’s office is challenging for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. It was for us. My sister, a regis
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