Category: Healthcare

Caring for a Person with Late-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

MetroWest Medical Center pic

MetroWest Medical Center
Image: mwmc.com

As medical director of the Geriatric and Neuropsychiatry Treatment Unit at MetroWest Medical Center in Natick, Massachusetts, Dr. Antonio Bullon focuses on coordinating the treatment of patients with dementia. Dr. Antonio Bullon also has shared his expertise on television presentations about Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

An individual in the advanced stage of Alzheimer’s disease needs around-the-clock care. The person is unable to attend to his or her own daily tasks, including eating, bathing, and dressing. Because the ability to speak also disappears as the disease advances, the person typically cannot communicate needs.

It is thus important for the caregiver to anticipate needs, such as hunger and elimination, whenever possible. A predictable schedule can help both patient and caregiver. The caregiver may also find it beneficial to reduce sensory input, such as the number of foods on a plate, in order to reduce the patient’s resistance to daily tasks of living.

The caregiver must also be attentive to the patient’s struggles and help him or her to adapt whenever possible. Finger foods can make eating more pleasant for a patient who has difficulty manipulating a fork, while protein drinks can be beneficial to someone with difficulty chewing. The patient’s physician also can help the caregiver to ensure that the person gets enough calories.

Finally, the caregiver must be aware that although the patient at this stage may not be able to communicate in the normal way, he or she is still present inside the body. A person with Alzheimer’s disease still experiences sadness, joy, loneliness, and connection, and many experts believe that his or her core self is still present and aware. Shared sensory-based experiences, such as brushing the patient’s hair or listening to music together, can dramatically improve quality of life and deepen connection beyond attention to basic physical needs.

The Peruvian American Medical Society Brings Quality Care to Peru

Peruvian American Medical Society pic

Peruvian American Medical Society
Image: pams.org

As the medical director of MetroWest Medical Canter’s geriatric and neuropsychiatry treatment unit, Dr. Antonio Bullon leads a team of medical professionals based in Natick, Massachusetts. Dr. Antonio Bullon also gives his time as a volunteer psychiatrist and supports the Peruvian American Medical Society.

The Peruvian American Medical Society (PAMS) is a network of more than 400 American physicians who are dedicated to service efforts in Peru. Throughout the organization’s 40-year history, members have embarked on more than 100 service trips to Peru, helping thousands of underserved patients gain access to free medical care.

One of the organization’s longest ongoing missions is the Arequipa mission, which established and continues to support the only burn unit at the Arequipa Regional Hospital Honorio Delgado. The permanent mission has brought medical technology and an array of specialized surgeons over the last 20 years, allowing local physicians to treat approximately 3,000 patients each year.

Selva in Action Names New Medical Director

Selva in Action  pic

Selva in Action
Image: selvainaction.org

A veteran psychiatrist, Dr. Antonio Bullon brings more than two decades of experience to his current position as the medical director of the geriatric and neuropsychiatry treatment unit at MetroWest Medical Center in Natick, Massachusetts. An active member of the field, Dr. Antonio Bullon belongs to professional organizations such as the Peruvian American Medical Society (PAMS).

Founded in 1973 by a group of Peruvian physicians in Atlanta, Georgia, PAMS currently counts more than 400 professional members dedicated to improving and increasing medical care in Peru. Over the past four decades, group members have led more than 100 medical missions to rural and underserved areas of Peru through initiatives such as Selva in Action.

Recently, Selva in Action named Dr. Stalin Fran Vilcarromero Llaja its new medical director. He will lead the program’s team of volunteers in its ongoing mission of providing medical care to villagers in the Amazon basin region. Trained at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and the London School of Tropical Medicine, Dr. Vilcarromero specializes in diseases such as dengue, malaria, and chikungunya, among others.

APA Applauds New Parity Guidelines

American Psychiatric Association  pic

American Psychiatric Association
Image: apa.org

An accomplished and experienced psychiatrist, Dr. Antonio Bullon serves as the medical director of the geriatric and neuropsychiatry treatment unit at MetroWest Medical Center in Natick, Massachusetts. In an effort to network with other professionals and stay up to date on the latest trends and research in psychiatry, Dr. Antonio Bullon maintains an active membership in the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

The APA recently came out in support of new policy initiatives by the White House’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force aimed at providing fair insurance coverage for individuals who require treatment for mental health conditions, including substance addiction.

The new policy guidelines were developed by the Task Force after soliciting input from key stakeholders in various focus groups. Some of these stakeholders included consumers, caregivers, and health plan providers. The APA also made suggestions in writing after last May’s annual meeting in which members had the opportunity to collaborate on the issue.

Communicating with Patients Effectively

As the medical director of the geriatric and neuropsychiatry treatment units at MetroWest Medical Center in Massachusetts, Antonio Bullon, MD, is responsible for leading a multidisciplinary team of professionals in the treatment of patients with various neurodegenerative disorders. Possessing over two decades of medical experience, Dr. Antonio Bullon has maintained a strong personal and professional interest in effective patient-physician communication.

Effective communication between patients and physicians is an important part of the patient-physician relationship and it plays a role in patient outcomes. When greeting a patient, physicians should welcome them by name, introduce themselves and their role, and sit down to help the patient feel more comfortable. Making patients aware of how much time they have to talk and what the physician hopes to cover helps things go smoothly and helps patients know when they should ask any questions.

Since the time available for physicians and patients to discuss things is typically short, finding out what the patients already know and what they want to know greatly improves communication effectiveness. Providing information slowly and in a simple way promotes understanding and cuts down on time. Patient-physician communication is also improved when physicians show empathy towards a patient’s feelings, but also tell the truth. Although the truth may be difficult for patients to handle, it’s important that they know exactly what is happening.