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Commentary on “Dementia Care at the End of Life: It's Time to Embrace Palliative Care”

Published:December 07, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jagp.2022.12.003
      In the 1981 The Paris Review interview Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez stated that his “first paragraph” was one of his most difficult tasks as a writer. The first paragraph “solves most the problems with the book. The themes are defined, the style, the tone.”
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      The art of fiction no. 69: interview of gabriel García Márquez.
      When asked to write a commentary on Dax Volle's insightful manuscript on dementia care at the end of life (EOL),
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      Dementia care at the end of life: a clinically focused review.
      channeling García Márquez's burden was not a stretch at all. The challenge arose from the cognitive dissonance between my professional activities and the reality of assisting my wife provide EOL dementia care for her father and my mother.
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      • Dementia Care at the End of Life: A Clinically Focused Review
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          More Americans are living longer than ever before. In 2029, when the youngest baby boomers turn 65, 20% of the U.S. population will be 65 or older, a 14% increase from 2012. Today's 65-year olds can expect to live, on average, another 19.4 years.1 Unfortunately, the outcomes of prolonging cognitive health have not kept pace with the outcomes of extending longevity.
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