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Dementia

Definition



Dementia is a term which describes a set of symptoms including memory loss, mood changes, difficulty reasoning and problems with communication. It is progressive.

There are many different types of dementia including Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, lewy body dementia and frontal temporal dementia.

Notes


It is important to begin to aid communication and make environmental changes in the early stages of dementia, in order to ensure a person is well supported in the middle to later stages.

There are a range of ways that we can support communication with a person with dementia, such as breaking down tasks into small simple steps and providing reassurance and encouragement.

Environmental changes might include reviewing the lighting as shadows can become very confusing.

Eating and drinking skills may also change as a result of a range of factors such as memory loss and poor motor coordination. Changes to the types and frequency of meals may be needed, in addition to the level of support given at mealtimes.

How we can help



Our therapists can assess and provide recommendations to aid communication skills, in addition to ensuring the environment is best placed to support a person with dementia.

Our therapists can also assess eating and drinking skills and provide advice to ensure safe swallowing.

Our therapists are experienced in working with families, support staff and allied health professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team approach.

For more information on dementia, or to become a dementia friend, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk

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