Attachment Theory and Dementia

Dementia and theories in psychology as observed
For my work experience I have worked in a nursing home in the Reading West. The nursing home caters for people with dementia and frail elderlies. I worked mainly with people with dementia and could relate to some of the behaviours they manifested to studies during my psychology course. While conversing with some of the residents ,I noted the way they referred to their parents as if they were still alive when in facts they have been dead for a long time. Some of them appeared stuck in time when they were still very young and living with their parents while some of them thought they were only visiting and would be going home to their waiting parents. I also observed some calling and walking around looking for their mothers. Attachment theory relates to such behaviours and below is the work of Miesen in his study of “parent fixation”. Because of decline in mental abilities, people with dementia become vulnerable to all sort of abuse. Unintentionally, carers tend to treat them as children and cater to all their needs because some are very slow   to perform even the most basic task. In psychology empowerment theory define such behaviour very well.
Attachment Theory   and Dementia
Attachment has been described as an emotional bond between two person. John Bowlby, who was the first attachment theorist, described attachment as a “ lasting psychological connectedness between human beings” ( Bowlby, 1969, p. 194). According to Bowlby the earliest bond between the child and the caregiver, determines the basis of later life’s relationships. The concept of Bowlby’s attachment theory explains the impact of a secure and an insecure attachment on an individual’s later life depending on which category the baby has been raised by the mother or caregiver. If the child has been raised up with love and support then the feeling of security is indeed present and it shows in later life that this child grows up as a mature responsible...