Equality, Diversity And Inclusion In Dementia Care

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| | |There is no evidence that dementia affects people with learning disabilities differently to how it affects |
| | |other people. However, the early stages are more likely to be missed or misinterpreted - particularly if |
| | |several professionals are involved in the person's care. The person may find it hard to express how they feel |
| | |their abilities have deteriorated, and problems with communication may make it more difficult for others to |
| | |assess change. |
| | |It is vital that people who understand the person's usual methods of communication are involved when a
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Caregivers of dementia patients can experience various emotional problems during the course of the|
| | |illness. One such disorder, that is frequently overlooked and not treated, is carer’s depression. It is well |
| | |documented that family caregivers of persons with dementia have significantly more depressive symptoms than |
| | |age and gender-matched non caregivers. Caregivers of persons with dementia report more emotional strain and |
| | |depressive symptoms than caregivers of persons who are not demented. Prevalence rates for depressive symptoms |
| | |among caregivers of persons with dementia are reported to range from 28% to 55%. Prevalence of depression |
| | |among caregivers of people with dementia has been estimated at between 40 and 60% which contrasts sharply with|
| | |8% reported in non-caregivers of similar age. Recognition of risk factors or characteristics that may |
| | |facilitate or are associated with the disease process is therefore crucial.

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