Exploring the Relationship Between Physical Health and Mental Health for the Person with Dementia.

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Exploring the relationship between physical health and mental health for the person with dementia.

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Introduction
“Dementia results in a progressive decline in multiple areas of functioning, including memory, reasoning, communication skills and the skills to carry out daily activities. Alongside this decline, individuals may develop behavioural and psychological symptoms such as depression, psychosis, aggression and wandering, which complicate care and can occur at any stage of the illness. Family carers of people with dementia are often old and frail themselves with high levels of depression and physical illness” (DOH 2009)

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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have also issued joint guidance on the treatment and care of people with dementia in health and social care.
In 2009, the National Dementia Strategy was launched by the Department of Health for England and Wales. The strategy placed the person living with a diagnosis of dementia and their family carer at the forefront of health policy.

2007 saw a critical mass of research findings and reports developing, with two key reports from the Alzheimer’s Society and the National Audit Office highlighting the significant and urgent challenge to health and social care presented by dementia, particularly in light of their prediction that there will be over a million sufferers in England by 2025. This resulted in the publishing of the first ever National Dementia Strategy (February 2009), to meet the demographic challenge of increasing numbers and the failure of the current system to serve dementia sufferers and their families well. Building on this, the recent document ‘Quality outcomes for people with dementia: building on the work of the National Dementia Strategy’ (September 2010) presents the Department of Health’s revised, outcomes

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