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Q: outline the impact that the attitudes and behaviours of others may have on an individual with dementia
A: Good general awareness of the existence of dementia but poor detailed understanding of its causes, progression and implications tends to lead to inaccurate assumptions about the lives and experiences of people with dementia. Such assumptions may serve either to underestimate the effect on the person and the kind of support required – “it’s only about not remembering things” – or may encourage
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Weegy: Having a daily routine may help. Calmly reassuring and giving cues to orient the person who has dementia is also helpful in the evening and closer to bedtime. [ Try to keep them going to bed at the same time every night. Doing calm activities at the end of the day and before bedtime may help the person with dementia sleep better at night. If they are active during the day, these calm activities can make them tired and more able to sleep. Avoid loud noises and activity in the home at night, so the person does not wake up once they are asleep. Do NOT restrain a person with dementia when they are in bed. If you are using a hospital bed that has guard rails in the home, putting the rails up may help keep the person from wandering at night. Always talk with the doctor before giving the patient store-bought sleep medicines. Many sleep aids can make confusion worse. ]
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Good general awareness of the existence of dementia but poor detailed
understanding of its causes, progression and implications tends to lead to inaccurate assumptions about the lives and experiences of people with dementia. Such assumptions may serve either to underestimate the effect on the person and the kind of support required – “it’s only about not remembering things” – or may encourage wildly inaccurate perceptions about how a person with dementia will behave – “they all get violent, don’t they?” There is also little understanding that dementia is a medical disorder and that the symptoms of dementia are the result of physical damage to the brain. It is clear that, despite some lessening of the taboos around dementia, and increasing discussion within the media, the general perception both of dementia as a condition and of the lives of people with dementia is overwhelmingly negative. As one respondent put it: “[There is] a very negative perception of dementia, equating it with decay, shabbiness, and ultimately horror. I say this while reflecting on the response of everyone from taxi-drivers to relatives when I tell them that I am a professor in this subject. People agonise over whether there is a more attractive set of words to describe what happens in my building. But it is getting better.” - - -
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