Definition Of Dementia

March 11, 2011
By Nursing

How is it possible to find out what the Definition of Dementia is? When you are experiencing memory loss, or starting to wonder about your loved ones memory is there a way to seek answers to your questions?

Definition of Dementia

Dementia is a term that can be used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illness. Dementia causes a progressive decline in a person’s ability to function. Most common symptoms are progressive: Memory loss, confusion, and Intellectual decline and Personality changes. It can start from as young as 35 to any age. There is no social barrier…it can happen to the most wealthy people to the middle class people, from the higher educational society to the uneducated.

How To Find Out If You Have Dementia

Its best to seek Medical attention if you or a loved one is suffering from the signs of Dementia. You could have another under lining issue that might seem like Dementia but is in actually fact another symptom for an illness eg:- bladder infection or UTI as they are commonly known among the Nursing Industry. A Doctor can run a few tests, ask a few questions and point you in the right direction. Where as if you do not seek medical attention the medical issue could become worse, or even dangerous.

What To Do If You Are Diagnosed With Dementia

If you seek medical attention for your questions on Definition of Dementia and request a test, confirming that you do have Dementia or the onset of Alzheimer’s disease then you will need to re-assess your life and your day to day living. There will come a time when you need assistance from Home Care. They can either provide assistance with cooking, cleaning, shoping, hygiene, gardening and so much more. Once you reach the stage where you do need help then you need to be assessed by the ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Team) board. They can then determine what sort of home care can be provided to you, how many hours per week you qualify for and if you are consider high care then they can also discuss other options for care besides living at home. You will need a family member to support you with your assessments because Definition of Dementia means that you would not understand what the ACAT are asking you.

Many Different Forms Of Dementia

There are many different forms of Dementia. The most common form is Alzheimers Disease or now days Alcohol Related Dementia. Talking to a person who has been confirmed as having Dementia can be testing at the best of times….

Here are points to help with communication skills

  • Focus on a person-centred rather than a task-centred approach when nursing.
  • Multiple instructions can lead to confusion, one short instruction at a time
  • Due to distractions limit background noise.TV should be turned off when communicating with the person
  • The person will show signs of slow movements/speech- nurses need to take the time to listen. Study both verbal/nonverbal communications.
  • Due to individual needs/wants/different progression associated with the disease – nursing staff/family members need to be flexible with their communication techniques – adapt different strategies to reflect the person changing cognitive levels and needs.
  • Never interrupt a person when they are speaking because they will lose their train of thought – show interest in what they are saying
  • Keep eye contact/and touch as they are excellent methods of communication
  • Never argue with a person that has AD because what they are saying is what the person believes is true
  • Look behind what the person is saying because there is a message to their statement.

Finding out that you have the onset of Dementia is only the beginning. Working out how to cope with the Definition of Dementia is the next stage. For family members seeking support is vital for survival.

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  1. Aged Care Facility | Nursing Issues on April 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm

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