A recent article in the NY Times focused on The Netherlands’ unorthodox approach to dementia care. Got me wondering – even if studies proved the untraditional care is effective, could a model that is primarily tactile & minimally pharmaeutical gain acceptance in America? Presented with incontrovertible proof of the positive impact of complementary care, would the AMA bestow its seal of approval?
Call me a sceptic, but I doubt it. In my experience, the American Medical Association has a history of favoring hospital-based & prescriptions over alternative medicine, which it has tended to cast as whifty.
Three cheers for The Netherlands’ innovative work with dementia patients! May their creative approaches & willingness to try the new cross the Atlantic & inspire our own medical professionals!