Dementia Awareness

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Unit 4222-237 Dementia Awareness (DEM 201)

Assessment Criteria

Outcome 1 Understand what dementia is

Explain what is meant by the term “dementia”
The literal interpretation of the word 'dementia' means deprived of mind. Is usually taken to mean mental deterioration or group of conditions/disorders of brain.
Specific diseases eg Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Vascular e.g. stroke.

Describe the key functions of the brain that are affected by dementia Parietal Lobe – language, special awareness, recognition Frontal Lobe - behaviour, movement, personality

Occipital Lobe – visual, processing
Temporal Lobe - memory, speech, hearing

Explain why depression, delirium and age related memory impairment maybe mistaken for dementia.
They have most common/similarities of signs and symptoms but some differences. Same side effect of medication.

Outcome 2 Understand key features of the theoretical models of dementia

Outline the medical model of dementia
Focus on the disease
Focus on diagnosis and treatment of illness

Outline the social model of dementia
Focus on individual’s skills, capabilities and achievements retained Person centred approach e.g. recognise individuality, enabling choice, looking at the person as a united whole

Explain why dementia should be viewed as disability.
Emotional impairment
Physical impairment
Impact on relationships
Impact on tasks of daily living
Impact on communication
Environmental factors

Outcome 3 Know the most common types of dementia and their causes

List the most common causes of dementia
Korsakoff’s Syndrome
Vascular Dementia
Aids-related cognitive impairment
Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease
Dementia with Lewy Bodies
Alzheimer’s Disease
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
Fronto-Temporal Dementia
Causes:
Alcohol/Substance Misuse
Stroke
Aids
Epileptic Seizures
Lewy Bodies
Age

Describe the likely signs and symptoms of the most common causes of dementia
Signs & symptoms:
Mood changes
Personality changes
Hallucinations
Confusion
Disorientation in time and place
Memory loss
Communication difficulties
Repetitive conversation or questions
Difficulties with organising everyday life
Difficulties with perception

3.3 Outline the risk factors for the most common causes of dementia Risk Factors:
Lifestyle choices eg diet,
smoking, alcohol, lack of exercise
Age
Medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease Parkinson’s disease
Huntingdon’s disease
High blood pressure
Gender
Genetics

Identify prevalence rates for different types of dementia Alzheimer's disease approximately 700,000 people in the UK have dementia. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. It estimates that 62% of individuals with dementia have alzheimer's disease. Vascular disease reduces the effectiveness of the blood supply to the whole body. If it affects the supply to the brain, the individual may experience vascular dementia. The alzheimer's society estimates that vascular dementia affects 17% of individual's with dementia. Lewy body disease causes dementia with Lew Bodies dementia (DLB) which the Alzheimer's Society estimates affects 4% of individual's with dementia. The Lew Body Society states that, in the UK, there are approximately 100,000 individual's with DLB.

Outcome 4 Understand the factors relating to and individual's experience of dementia

Describe how different individuals may experience living with dementia depending on age, types of dementia, and level of ability and...
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