Exploring End-of-Life Care in Dementia with Anne Kenny, MD

Anne Kenny, MD, author of Making Tough Decisions about End-of-Life Care in Dementia

By Marianne Sciucco, New York, USA

Anne Kenny, MD had been practicing medicine for more than 30 years, recognized by her peers as a “Top Doc” in Geriatric Medicine, but that did not make her caregiving journey with her mother any easier. In fact, when the professional became personal, she sought guidance through the available literature and found little to guide her and her family through the difficult decision making required in dementia care. So, she decided to write her own book, inspired by her experience as a physician and as a daughter, creating the book she wished she’d had for her mother’s care. Making Tough Decisions about End-of-Life Care in Dementia was published in 2018 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Dr. Kenny has worked clinically as a geriatrician in nursing homes, assisted living, rehabilitation, and clinical outpatient settings. She’s found joy in her work with individuals and their families managing issues related to the diagnosis of dementia. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Kenny lectures to both healthcare professionals and the public on aging-related issues including navigating dementia, exercise, nutrition, hormone therapy, death and dying, and frailty. She is an educator of medicine and research skills, and has over 100 scientific publications and presentations focused on improving the care and functioning of older adults. She has also been honored with a Brookdale National Fellow and the prestigious Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholar awards.


In this episode, you will:

  • Gain profound understanding of the lived experiences of dementia caregivers, enhancing your compassion and awareness.
  • Explore the journey towards uncovering purpose and meaning amidst dementia, redefining your outlook on life.
  • Appreciate the necessity for open dialogue about end-of-life decisions, strengthening emotional preparedness and resilience.
  • Learn about the impactful role of arts and music in the realm of dementia care, introducing you to innovative care methodologies.
  • Recognize the imperative of reaching out and receiving support in dementia caregiving, developing effective stress management techniques.

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About Anne Kenny, MD

I’m a geriatric physician and founder of Together in Dementia, where I support families and care partners to modify their approach to dementia so that they can find joy, connection and calm in their care journey without losing their minds, falling into depression, or ruining their health or relationships. We do this using our KNOW/ADAPT/CONNECT (KnAC) method via courses, coaching and consulting.

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