explain why the abilities and needs of an individual with dementia may fluctuate.Note:
As people age, they experience more health problems, and most health problems associated with aging carry a substantial burden of pain; so, between 25% and 50% of older adults experience persistent pain. [ Seniors with dementia experience the same prevalence of conditions likely to cause pain as seniors without dementia. Pain is often overlooked in older adults and, when screened for, often poorly assessed, especially among those with dementia since they become incapable of informing others that they're in pain. Beyond the issue of humane care, unrelieved pain has functional implications. Persistent pain can lead to decreased ambulation, depressed mood, sleep disturbances, impaired appetite and exacerbation of cognitive impairment, and pain-related interference with activity is a factor contributing to falls in the elderly.
Although persistent pain in the person with dementia is difficult to communicate, diagnose and treat, failure to address persistent pain has profound functional, psychosocial and quality of life implications for this vulnerable population. Health professionals often lack the skills and usually lack the time needed to recognize, accurately assess and adequately monitor pain in people with dementia. Family members and friends can make a valuable contribution to the care of a person with dementia by learning to recognize and assess their pain. Educational resources (such as the Understand Pain and Dementia tutorial) and observational assessment tools are available
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explain why the abilities and needs of an individual with dementia may fluctuate: - changes to the physical environment eg moving home, starting at a day centre; changes to the social environment eg changes in carers, [ loss of family or friends and social isolation, bereavement; changes to the emotional environment eg carers become stressed, experience of abuse; personal changes – changes in treatment, changes in medication, and changes in physical condition eg bacteria or viral infections, vascular changes, rapidity of onset of dementia. http://honesthomecare.co.uk/homecare-for-the-elderly/staff-training-for-dementia-homecare/
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