Unit 14 P1 Dementia Symptoms

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P1- Describe types of dementia and common signs and symptoms Introduction: This task will include describing the types of dementia and the common signs and symptoms of it. Examples of dementia will be given and explained and also why the common signs occur. Dementia is an illness of the brain. When an individual has dementia their brain cells are damaged and die faster than they normally do. Due to losing brain cells it results in the brain not functioning properly, which then leads to the individual losing the ability to do things. The first signs of dementia are when that individual starts to forget important facts due to their memory being affected first. As their illness progresses, they will get confused about things like who people…show more content…
This means that over time the symptoms will become worse. An individual with dementia with Lewy bodies may experience problems with attention and alertness. They may also develop the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease; this includes slowness, muscle stiffness, loss of facial expression and also may experience trembling of the limbs. The symptoms of Lewy bodies include having difficulties in language, for example not being able to communicate with people properly. There also problems with memory loss as the early signs of dementia can be forgetting simple things, such as where they might have placed something. Early signs of Lewy bodies can be getting lost in familiar routes, losing interest in something they may have enjoyed before, personality changes and loss of social skills which can lead to inappropriate behaviours. Additionally, another sign can be misplacing…show more content…
Fronto-temporal dementia is caused by two parts of the brain becoming increasingly damaged and this then leads to shrinking. These two parts of the brain are called the temporal lobe and the frontal lobe. These areas of the brain are responsible for our behaviour, emotional responses and language skills. Some people who develop fronto-temporal dementia have inherited genetic mutation from their parents. Fronto-temporal dementia is a relatively uncommon form of dementia. Some people with fronto-temporal dementia undergo dramatic changes in their personality and become socially inappropriate, impulsive or emotionally blunted, while others lose the ability to use and understand language. They may also lose some of their inhibitions. This could lead to strange behaviour, such as making sexually suggestive gestures in public places, being rude to others or making tactless comments, other symptoms include aggression, compulsive behaviour and being distracted

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