1.1 Describe How Memory Impairmentia

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Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings (QFC) Unit 39- Understand and Enable Interaction and Communication with Individuals with Dementia 1.1- Describe how memory impairment can affect the ability of an individual with dementia to use verbal language- Words are hard to come by and they can struggle over the appropriate word to the point that it interrupts their flow of conversation; sometimes they will select the wrong word. This is very frustrating but in some forms of dementia it can also mean they lose short term memory and will repeat themselves, not remembering that they have told you about their day or not remembering your answers e.g.…show more content…
Have a positive interactive environment. A positive mood, tone of voice, and body language will go a long way to providing a better opportunity to positively interact with someone with dementia. Showing affection is also a good way of creating a positive atmosphere. The person with dementia might not know who you are, but showing an affection and positive atmosphere will put them at ease and they will know that you are not there to cause harm. Make sure you have the attention of the person with dementia. Remind the person with dementia who you are, your relation to them, and anything else that may help them focus on what you have to discuss with them. If they still do not know who you are, don’t focus on that. Also, if they are sitting, sit with them. If they are standing, stand with them. Look them in the eye. Be clear, don’t use complicated language or raise your

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