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The Future of Dementia Part 1: Dementia and Alzheimer’s in Australia

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Welcome to the first segment of Inspire’s 2 part series on dementia and Alzheimers!

  • Part 1 will look at dementia units studied within aged care, what dementia is, and the differences between dementia and Alzheimers, symptoms, causes and care options for those with dementia.
  • Part 2 will investigate the revolutionary new breakthrough in the care on offer for dementia sufferers. If you’d like to go straight to Part 2 – NEW Breakthrough Treatment for Dementia Patients, CLICK HERE.

Aged Care Courses Dementia Unit CHCAC319A

Throughout the CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care, students cover a wide variety of topics and learning modules. Included in one of the aged care courses 10 core units, is “CHCAC319A – Provide Support to People Living with Dementia”. Students will gain the knowledge and skills required to provide support to clients with dementia in a variety of settings, including family homes, community day settings and residential care.

What Is Dementia?

Dementia has been categorised into four stages. Stage one signifies the beginning stages of dementia with stage 4 being the most severe. Each can overlap and serve as a guide for carers and health care professionals.

What Is Dementia?Stage 1 Dementia:

Sufferers (as well as family and friends) actively recognise changes in their memory. Sufferers can blame others and be aggravated by this change to memory. During this phase, it is easier for dementia sufferers to have something described to them, rather than rely plainly on memory (think multiple choice questions and answers).

Stage 2 Dementia:

During the second stage, dementia sufferers are less likely to attribute blame and accusatory outbursts, and more likely to relax and give in to the situation. They might make up words they cannot think of and muddle sentences.

What Is The Difference Between Dementia And Alzheimers?
Stage 3 Dementia:

Stage three suffers requires dementia care that recognises their preoccupation in another time and reality. During this stage, individuals with dementia might appear to be performing tasks that signify a time where they were loved and needed.

Stage 4 Dementia:

The final stage of dementia is where sufferers become completely disconnected from the outside world. Even though response rates to outside behaviour are minimal, research indicates the increasing importance of maintaining contact with the dementia sufferer due to their ability to hear and experience through touch.

What Is The Difference Between Dementia And Alzheimers?

Essentially, dementia is a symptom caused by Alzheimers. Dementia is a group of symptoms involving the cognitive functions of an individual. What is not known, however, are the actual changes taking place in the brain causing cognitive decline.

What Are Dementia Symptoms?

People can develop dementia symptoms at any age. While it is most common to occur in those over 65, those within the 40-50year age range are still at risk. Some of the earliest signs and dementia symptoms include confusion, personality change, withdrawal and apathy, frequent and continued memory loss/impairment and declining ability to perform daily tasks.

What Are The Causes Of Dementia?

Over 70% of all dementia in sufferers is caused by Alzheimers disease and is irreversible. There are also other types of reversible dementia including dementia symptoms brought on by thyroid and vitamin deficiencies. The likelihood of developing dementia might also be brought on by head injury, diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure, age, family history, lack of cognitive activity and lack of exercise. With nearly one million people in Australia projected to have dementia by 2050, and 95 million across the world by 2050, prioritising prevention and dementia care treatment is paramount in preventing a national health care disaster.

What Dementia Care Options Are Available To Sufferers?

While each person living with dementia is unique, the dementia care required differs from general aged care. Health care professional’s believe that with appropriate support, the most severe dementia sufferers can live life we a sense of wellbeing. Because of this, far more emphasis is placed on supportive care, rather than palliative care with the key balance being found between medical and emotional needs.

So, what has been done to improve the lives of dementia sufferers? Check out the revolutionary NEW dementia care treatment centre praised by experts around the world @ The Future of Dementia and Aged Care – Part 2.

Topics: Dementia, Dementia Care, Aged Care, Alzheimers, Dementia Symptoms

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