Saturday, 7 July 2012
Describe how different individuals may experience living with dementia depending on age, type of dementia and level of ability and disability?
In fact, Dementia is not a disease but a set of symptoms which decreases the ability to think, memory and communication skills of human beings. It also declines the skills that needed to carry out daily activities. There are many causes of dementia. Few are :
· Alzheimer’s disease
· Vascular disease
· Lewy body disease
· Frontotemporal disorders
· Parkinson’s disease
· Huntington’s disease
Depending on the form of dementia people’s ability and disability fluctuates. It is not necessarily to think that people with dementia are always forgetful. Like, people with Fronto-temporal dementia are very less forgetful than Alzheimer disease. Their memory remains intact but their personality and behaviour noticeably changes.
Dementia with Lewy bodies interrupts the brain’s normal functioning and affect the person’s memory, concentration and speech skills. It has similar symptoms to Parkinson’s disease such as tremors, slowness of movement and speech difficulties. People with vascular dementia may suffer from incontinence or seizure where other types of dementia may not affect those.
However level of ability and disability depend on individual’s age and condition of dementia. People who are living with dementia in earlier age such as 60’s-70’s are less dependable than people living with dementia at the age or over 70’s or 80’s. People have different stamina in different ages. So, their ability and disability fluctuated and level of support are varied as well.
* You may find out more if you research all types of symptoms that relates to different types of dementia.