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Care system 'struggles on dementia'

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The health and care system is "struggling" to look after people with dementia, according to the regulator.

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Mental Health: Ways to Tackle to Dementia In Elderly - Health Me Up

Mental Health: Ways to Tackle to Dementia In Elderly - Health Me Up | Language and Dementia | Scoop.it
Dementia refers to a global decline in cognitive capacities to such an extent that the daily living is greatly affected. Dementia includes, but is not restricted to, memory loss. Other capacities compromised are language, ...
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Dementia makes communication difficult, but some steps can make it easier - Washington Post

Dementia makes communication difficult, but some steps can make it easier - Washington Post | Language and Dementia | Scoop.it
Dementia makes communication difficult, but some steps can make it easier
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Communicating with a family member who has cognitive impairment can be frustrating and disheartening, even downright depressing for patient and caregiver alike.
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Full report report - Dementia 2012

Alzheimer's Society report, Dementia 2012: a national challenge, which explores how people are living with dementia.

 

This report was instrumental in getting the government to begin to think about funding further research and framing dementia as a 'national crisis'.


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Care system 'struggles on dementia'

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The health and care system is "struggling" to look after people with dementia, according to the regulator.

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Thousands of patients with long-term conditions and dementia could benefit as GP contract proposals are unveiled

Thousands of patients with long-term conditions and dementia could benefit as GP contract proposals are unveiled | Language and Dementia | Scoop.it
Thousands more patients will soon feel the benefits of better care at their GP surgery as an ambitious vision to improve the lives of people with long term conditions and people with dementia becomes a reality.

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Dementia Will Take Toll on Health-Care Spending - Real Time ...

Dementia Will Take Toll on Health-Care Spending - Real Time ... | Language and Dementia | Scoop.it
The latest news on the cost of dementia, done by the Rand Corporation, highlights the growing burden of health care on government spending and the economy in general.
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Dementia research funding to more than double to £66m by 2015

Dementia research funding to more than double to £66m by 2015 | Language and Dementia | Scoop.it

David Cameron outlines measures to tackle 'national crisis', announcing screening programme to identify condition earlier. There will be a big push to pump money into research but some, fortunately, recognise the challenge of creating a culture where dementia is better understood and lived with more harmoniously. So Sir Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust warns:

 

"The dementia challenge, however, will not be resolved by the natural sciences alone. It will also require progress in social care, so that patients can be helped to live at home for longer, and so that relatives who care for their loved ones receive the support they need. And it will require action to raise awareness of this devastating condition, so that it is understood and not stigmatised."


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BBC Radio 4 - Word of Mouth, The Language of Carers

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Series exploring the world of words.

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Clive McGoun's curator insight, March 27, 2013 5:23 PM
Here's a discussion of the impact that alzheimers has on language. Introduces the idea that people with alzheimers often rely on prefabricated chunks of language and pattern repetition to stop the gaps in a diminishing fluency. An interesting question is, 'what effects will that have on the people around them?'

 

In moments when communication breaks down or is difficult carers might be able to reflect that 'it is the disease talking' but emotionally the immediate reaction may be one of deep emotional frustration. This can result both in feelings of guilt and in the rejection of deep cognitive engagement reflected in the use of stock phrases back to the person with alzheimers. So both people get stuck in a negative loop.

 

How then can companionship without conversation be nurtured?

 

One way is simply to give more time. One of the cognitive consequences of dementia is a slowing down of comprehension. So, more time is needed to process the conversation. We need to give that time.

 

Advice for people engaging in conversation with people with dementia:

 

Don't assume that people with dementia don't understand

Be concrete not abstract

Don't cognitively overload people with dementia

Don't slow speech to the extent that it loses natural intonation

Don't worry about information exchange, value the dialogue for itself

Remember that while logic may not be there emotion will probably be

Validate idiosynchratic behaviour, don't surpress it through medication

 

Social interaction is key to limiting the decline of cognitive impairment. We are social animals who thrive on companionship.