Many years ago at USC Dr. Bob Knight, a famous psychologist in the field of Gerontology, taught us young, soon to be, gerontologists the difference between the three D’s. His influence taught us to advocate for knowing the difference, as well as informing physicians of the difference.
Doctors today are busier than ever and carry many additional burdens. While assessing an older adult they may miss symptoms or issues… that is why all advocates, caregivers, and DPOA’s need to advocate for their loved ones and know the difference between the three D’s:
While meeting with your physician or even exploring new abnormal behaviors your loved one is experiencing ask:
Is this dementia?
Is this delirium? (from infection, pain or even constipation)
Or is this Depression? (depression can impair memory)
Being an advocate not only takes love and compassion it also takes a little more investigative work!
Thank You Dr. Knight for educating us!