Dementia Awareness Essay

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Unit 4222-237 Dementia Awareness Outcome 1 Understand what dementia is: 1.1 What is meant by the term ‘dementia’: The term 'dementia' is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. These include Alzheimer's disease and sometimes as a result of a stroke. 1.2 The key functions of the brain that are affected by dementia : Dementia is a condition of the brain which causes a gradual loss of mental ability, including problems with memory, understanding, judgement, thinking and language. In addition, other problems commonly develop such as changes in personality and changes in the way someone interacts with others in social situations. As dementia progresses, the ability of someone to look after themselves from day to day may also become affected. 1.3 Why depression, delirium and age related memory impairment may be mistaken for dementia : signs, symptoms, behaviour, diagnosis, medication Outcome 2: Understand Key Features of the Theoretical Models of Dementia 2.1 The medical model of dementia: Here the person is seen as being ill or having a condition (referred to as the disability) and is in need of some form of treatment. In this model, or view, of disability the illness or condition is said to be seen first and the person second. 2.2 The social model of dementia: This model concentrates on the person as a valued member of a very diverse society. It suggests that the person is a unique individual who has the right to the same opportunities in housing, education, transport and facilities as anyone else. It recognises that a person’s impairment does not make them less of a human being. 2.3 Why dementia should be viewed as a disability: needs, support, carers, dependence, independence, choice, well being. Outcome 3: Know the Most Common Types of Dementia and their

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