Dan’s Palliative Care Story

Dan is a former palliative care nurse practitioner, avid hunter, and cyclist who was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia at age 47. Dan received palliative care early in his diagnosis.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with serious illnesses like dementia. The goal is to improve quality of life for both you and your family. Palliative care is provided by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses, and social workers who work together with your other doctors to give you an extra layer of support. You can have palliative care at any age and at any stage of the illness. You can also have it together with all other treatments.

“Getting palliative care involved early helps so many different things,” says Dan. Palliative care helps him and his wife and full-time caregiver, Lisl, manage his symptoms and live life to the fullest.

Improving quality of life and supporting the whole person is what palliative care is all about. To learn more about how palliative care can help you or a loved one living with dementia, visit our Dementia and Palliative Care page.

For more stories about the positive impact of palliative care, explore the GetPalliativeCare.org YouTube channel.