Unit 41 Essay

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Unit 41 understand and meet the nutitional requirements of individuals with dementia 1.1)Cognitive behaviour is dysfunctional emotions and behaviours caused by dis-functioning brain. Dementia is brought about by sections of the brain being effected by the cells dying. This will effect, the memory and all that we have learnt from birth; how to talk, eat and function in a normal way. This means for the individual who has dementia that the means and importance of food can be forgotten or that they just forget that they are hungry or forget to eat what have been prepared. The same will apply to drinking. With older people who are prone to malnutrition and dehydration this can become more of a problem with Dementia putting their health at risk. Functional changes is loosing the ability to remember how to eat or using utensils and drinking implements and instead might be better encouraged to pick up food buffet style or finger food. This might be as a way to overcome their loss of ability to function as they once did and rather than become distressed and confused they prefer to just pick up food. If this is preferred then to promote their dignity food presented for that function should be laid out. Emotional Changes can be the negative emotions brought about from the confused state of mind brought on by the Dementia. In other words they might not understand that there is something wrong with them but the behaviours of others might lead them to feeling something is wrong, which causes stress. 1.2)Not eating enough can lead to weight loss and other problems including vulnerability to infection, reduced muscle strength and fatigue. People with dementia may become dehydrated if they are unable to communicate or recognise that they are thirsty, or if they forget to drink. This can lead to headaches, increased confusion, urinary tract infection and
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