Explain What Is Meant by the Term Dementia

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Unit 13 Dementia Awareness Understand what dementia is Explain what is meant by the term dementia Dementia is a brain disease which symptoms include dementia such as memory loss, mood changes and confusion. Describe the key functions of the brain that are affected by dementia Temporal Lobe – Memory, hearing and speech Occipital Lobe – Visual Parietal Lobe – special awareness Frontal Lobe – movement and personality of a person Cerebellum – muscle co-ordination and balance Explain why depression, delirium and age-related memory impairment may be mistaken for dementia The symptoms of dementia which can include memory impairment, depression and delirium can also be standalone conditions so we must be careful to not assume that because someone has one condition like memory impairment, that they automatically have dementia. Symptoms can include: Loss of concentration having trouble of something Language problems mixing up words and forgetting names Forgetfulness of recent information Impaired judgment dressing inappropriately or making poor financial decisions Loss of insight and confusion about place and time Bibliography: http://www.myoptumhealth.com/portal/ADAM/item/Alzheimer's+disease Understand key features of the theoretical models of dementia Outline the medical model of dementia Medical Model – these are disabled people defined by their illness or medical condition that focus on disease. Outline the social model of dementia Social Model - disability is caused by the society in which we live and is not the fault and mistake of an individual disabled person or focus on treatment of illness. For example, a wheelchair user who has a mobility impairment. He is not actually disabled in an environment where he can use public transport and gain full access to
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