Dementia Awareness Month

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Dementia is one of the most prevalent conditions in our society. It is estimated that currently three in 10 people over the age of 85 and almost one in 10 people over the age of 65 have dementia.
September is Dementia Awareness Month, so we wanted to take some time to better inform you about the condition, key indicators and things to remember when working with clients who have dementia.
A common misconception about dementia is that it is a normal part of ageing. The condition is a collection of symptoms caused by disorders affecting the brain. These disorders lead to a progressive decline in mental function.
Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for two-thirds of all cases.
There are two types of Alzheimer’s disease:
Early onset where symptoms first appear before the age of 60.
Late onset is the most common form of Alzheimer’s disease and usually occurs in people over the age of 60.
Signs and symptoms can include;
• Repeating statements frequently
• Frequently misplacing items
• Trouble recalling names of people or items
• Getting lost on familiar routes
• Personality change
• Becoming passive
• Forgetting recent historical events
• Problems choosing proper/suitable clothing
• Hallucinations, arguments, striking out
• Delusions, depression, agitation
• Problem with spatial skills
• Losing interest in hobbies
As someone providing care to a person with dementia, it is essential that you understand that dementia is more than just memory loss and are empathic, patient and understanding to the person you are assisting.
More specifically, we remind you to follow these tips:
19. Set a positive mood through body language and attitude
20. Actively get the person’s attention by encouraging the removal of distractions
21. Speak in a slow and comforting tone
22. Use simple words and sentences
23. Listen fully and provide complete attention to the person
24. Break activities down into manageable steps
25. Write things down and leave notes to assist where possible
26. If the person gets agitated, distract and redirect their attention
27. Respond with a reassuring tone
28. Ensure you are patient and do not rush the person
Understanding the condition goes a long way to improving the relationship you form with the person with dementia.
HenderCare offers our staff training in Dementia and Delirium. To learn more or refresh your knowledge, please call 1300 764 433 to book your place.
National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500.

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