This book by Dr Alec McHarg is about a Preventative Dementia Programme, (PDP). It has been developed as an integral part of a Positive Aging Connections, (PAC), Perspective.
One of the central motivations in writing this book was to highlight the need for a greater awareness in adopting a more Preventative Approach to a achieving a reduction in the Dementia epidemic, which is sweeping unabated across Western Society. Therefore, individuals need to take personal charge to avoid Conditions Relating to Dementia, (CRD).
This can be achieved through referring to Dr McHarg’s on-going research in personal and work-related areas, within a variety of health, lifestyle and safety environments.
This has also contributed to the enhancement of his awareness of the importance of avoiding Dementia, for all concerned. This has been increased because of his on-going monitoring of pre-dementia clients who choose not to adopt a Preventative Perspective, instead choosing a total reliance on a medicated approach. People also need to be aware of avoiding a destructive lifestyle, which has a severe impact, not only upon their own health and welfare, but also that of others close to them.
In this respect, Dr. McHarg provides a review of the Dementia phenomenon and explains why it is more prevalent than at any time in our history and with a need to link awareness with direct action. His research, which includes reviewing hundreds of research papers integrates his work with the findings of others, has identified core elements. Based upon this he has developed models which will help to minimise Conditions Related to Dementia.
People need to realise that many aspects of their earlier attitudes and a vast array of their behavioural practises will ultimately be the deciding factors of whether they will get Dementia or not, as they age!
Dementia also has a huge impact on community health and causes many other socio-economic problems for our society in the 21st century.
He questions the view held by some members of the medical profession, that increasing incidences of Conditions Relating to Dementia, (CRD), in people from developed countries, is because people are living longer. Whilst this is certainly a factor, his research has uncovered many other reasons why Dementia is going to be the norm at unacceptable levels for some people, especially older citizens because of their intransigent attitude towards more naturally oriented solutions.