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By Jonathan Waite

Dementia could be a distressing , for the patient, and for households and different carers. administration of dementia isn't effortless, and contains dealing with a few disagreeable difficulties and hard offerings. the perfect method and services can minimise the unpleasantness and make dementia doable, whereas green or inexpert administration has the capability to reason pointless misery and incapacity, mis-directed assets, annoyed care employees, unduly lengthy classes spent in medical institution and untimely care domestic placement.

Dementia Care is a realistic handbook for future health and sociacare pros of their encounters with individuals with dementia. It covers quite a lot of details in a quick, easily-accessible guide structure and widely follows the adventure of somebody with dementia from first presentation to healthiness or social companies, via difficulties and their administration, to the ultimate levels of the affliction. The publication is rooted within the vast adventure of the authors in dealing with dementia locally, in clinic and care houses and hopes to make the mandatory services to be had and available in a sort that would be invaluable to the entire variety of scientific, health and wellbeing and social care employees taking care of individuals with dementia and their households.

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G. new day centre or hospital) • a behavioural crisis (due to poor memory or insight, misjudgement, or disinhibition). • Pure disorders of alertness: • drowsiness due to neurological disease (raised intra-cranial pressure, infections, stroke, or tumours) • sedation due to drugs. • Disorders of communication (dysphasia, deafness). • Post-ictal confusion. • Other primary psychiatric disorders: depression, mania, functional psychosis, schizophrenia. • Others: thiamine deficiency, head injury, transient global amnesia (TGA).

Abnormal sleep-wake cycle. • Emotional disturbance. The American Psychiatric Association DSM-IV also specifies ‘evidence from the history, physical examination, or laboratory findings is present that indicates the disturbance is caused by a direct physiologic consequence of a general medical condition, an intoxicating substance, medication use, or more than one cause’. 1 WHO ICD-10 criteria for delirium • Impairment of consciousness and attention, reduced ability to direct, focus, sustain and shift attention.

Delirium and functional psychiatric illnesses such as anxiety and depression also need to be considered as possible causes of impaired memory and thinking. Chapter 2 Assessment Introduction 24 Presenting problems 26 The process of assessment and diagnosis 30 Diagnosis of subtypes 42 Incidental or comorbid dementia 43 Screening and early diagnosis 44 Don’t get it wrong 44 Sharing the diagnosis 45 Planning for the future 46 Copying doctors’ letters to patients 47 Summary 48 23 24 CHAPTER 2 Assessment Introduction A characteristic feature of illness in old age is non-specificity of presentation.

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