Common Signs And Symptoms Essay

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P1: Describe types of dementia and common signs and symptoms
Dementia is what’s known as an “irreversible brain disorder affecting different parts of the brain, causing an effect on a range of functions” Bartle (2007).
Every from of dementia is a progressive condition, this means that the brain will become damaged more over time, this therefore means a person’s ability to remember, communicate and understand what goes on around them may will decline. When researches such as scientists look at dementia they find that the progression of dementia will alter between different individuals as they may experience different stages of dementia. When identifying and diagnosing dementia in people often in later adulthood they will look at what stage
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This stage means the individual will require more support and eventually may become fully dependant on care assistants, family or carers. The individual’s loss of memory will become more severe as they may be unable to recognise familiar faces and may forget or unrecognised their surroundings or area such as their own home. When a person with dementia reaches this stage they will become weaker and may become immobile relying on wheelchairs and different forms of disabled transport. They may also begin to spend most of their time in a bed. As the final stage progresses the individual may become more restless, as they age they may also become more distressed or aggressive over time. Often if the individual feels harmed or threatened in any way they may have outbursts which may result in physically harming themselves or others within their surroundings. An individual diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease they are predicted to live for a further eight to ten years when their symptoms begin occurring, this can alter due to an individual’s age and their form of …show more content…
Health care practitioners and researchers are unsure what causes Alzheimer’s disease, however there are factors that can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. These include; a person’s age, the family’s history of the condition, any previous head injuries and the individual’s lifestyle factors (smoking, drinking etc.). Alzheimer’s disease as mentioned previously is what’s called a progressive condition meaning the symptoms will increase over time. The first and most common sign of Alzheimer’s disease is usually memory loss, this may mean the individual may forget recent events, people’s names and even forget their whereabouts. Later on when the disease becomes more prominent the individual may begin to develop symptoms such as confusion, disorientation, getting lost in known arears, making unclear decisions, developing communication or speech problems and even mood swings such as becoming aggressive or even feeling depressed on a regular basis. In some cases an individual with Alzheimer’s disease will often experience hallucinations although this most often occurs during the later (severe) stages of

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