Dem 201

Dementia Awareness 201

1.1 explain what is meant by the term dementia

As there are so many types of dementia. Forgetfulness is a common complaint among older adults. In the early stages of dementia it may be confusing to define between old age and dementia as memory loss such as remembering a recent event, or handling money can be a problem for both old age and dementia.

1.2 Describe the key functions of the brain that are affected by dementia

Brain cells are affected in the brain, when these are affected an individual may not be able to function physically they may have poor mobility. The may also lose their ability to speak and they may become confused.

1.3 Explain why depression, delirium and age related memory impairment may be mistaken for dementia

Depression can be mistaken for dementia. With dementia a person’s behaviour and feelings can change and can cause the person to be withdrawn.

Delirium can be a result of an infection for e.g. a water infection a person can become confused suffer memory loss, these are also a sign and symptom of dementia.

It is also similar for age related memory impairment. If someone becomes forgetful they might think others may think it is dementia related. Since most people think dementia is associated with old age and memory loss although younger people can be affected too.

2.1 Outline the medical model of dementia.

In the medical model of dementia the dementia its self is a focus rather than the person and it’s seen as something that has to be treated and managed.

2.2 Outline the social model of dementia.

In the social model of dementia it is the reverse of the medical model because the person not the dementia is the focus and what the person’s needs, their feelings and wishes is the main focus rather than the dementia

2.3 Explain why dementia should be viewed as a disability

As dementia affects so much of a person’s wellbeing it is...