Unit 40, Dementia Care

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Dementia is a progressive disorder that will affect how you’re brain functions and particularly your ability to remember, think and reason. Dementia usually affects older people and are approximately 820,000 people in the UK with the disorder, and around 15,000 are under the age of 65. If the dementia is recognised early enough that are a lot of things that you can be done to make the quality of life better. In a lot of dementia cases the symptoms and quality of life will progress and get worse over a number of years. The most common symptoms of a dementia patient are:

* Forgetfulness, maybe forgetting names of people that you have been in contact with every day, or forgetting what you did just hours or days ago. * Having
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Because the person with Alzheimer’s may go downhill quite fast there would need to be a lot of emotional support with family. Many family members may feel depressed and under a lot of stress as they may have other responsibilities and may feel tied down with the person with Alzheimer’s and they may not have time for work or a social life.
Another type of dementia is Vascular dementia, this occurs when the brain is starved of oxygen and is mostly caused by someone having a stroke. It is the second most common type of dementia in the UK, and has many different signs and symptoms after a person has had a stroke. Some symptoms are they will have difficulty with the speed that they are thinking at and their concentration levels would have decreased as they may not have the motivation to want to do things for a long amount of time. Another symptom is that a lot of vascular dementia sufferers will develop depression and anxiety along with the dementia; this can really affect a person’s self esteem as they may not feel good about themselves if there communication has decreased and they have depression. It may affect their confidence as well, because they might be scared to go out in the community because of their anxiety and may have frequent panic attacks.
Some stroke symptoms will also be the same as vascular dementia as it usually caused by a stroke, these may include paralysis and physical weakness and they may eventually lose the ability to walk and keep themselves up

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