Dementia awareness-raising activities by pharmacists in a local care prevention project contributing to the early detection of dementia

Takashi Osada, Norio Watanabe, Kyoko Nagano, Ren Sato, Kimie Hirose, Keiko Yamamura

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Abstract

Background: As part of local care prevention efforts, Nagoya City offers the Older Adult Vitality and Longevity Promotion Project to older adults over 65 years of age. Objective: Pharmacists provided dementia awareness seminars and instruction on self-check methods for the initial symptoms of dementia in a local care prevention project. We sought to investigate the influence of the seminars and dementia self-check instructions on the motivation of participants to seek physician consultation for early detection of dementia. Methods: Dementia awareness seminars and dementia self-check instructions were provided to 194 participants during the study period of October 2015 to January 2017. After two months of seminars, we investigated whether participants had consulted a primary care physician or memory-loss specialist. Results: The following were the most frequently reported items from the self-check list: "Unable to recall the names of things" by 129 participants (66.5%),"Forget where they put things" by 106 participants (54.6%), and "Unable to handle two things at the same time" by 58 participants (29.9%). Within two months after a seminar, 12 participants had consulted a medical facility for follow-up, of whom 3 were prescribed the dementia medication donepezil hydrochloride. Conclusion: Results of this study suggest that dementia self-check instructions provided in the Older Adult Vitality and Longevity Promotion Project may be helpful to prompt currently independent older adults with latent mild dementia to consider formal clinical assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-724
Number of pages8
JournalTherapeutic Research
Volume39
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)

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