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Dementia : what you need to know, what you need to do : guidance and resources on dementia for carers of people with Down syndrome

By: Neill, Max.
Publisher: 2005Description: 17 p. : ill., 30 cm.Subject(s): DOWN SYNDROME | DEMENTIA | CAREGIVERS | GUIDES
Contents:
What is dementia?|Signs and symptoms of dementia|Alzheimer's disease and the brain|Other possible causes of dementia-like symptoms|Is it dementia? A procedure for investigating possible dementia|How to assess a person's skills|What you can do to help someone live with dementia|Sources of information
Summary: Notes that people with Down's syndrome are more likely than the general population to develop Alzheimer's dementia, and more likely to develop it at an earlier age. Although there is no cure for dementia, an early diagnosis can mean getting the help a person needs earlier, and have a significant effect on maintaining their quality of life. With this in mind describes what dementia is, lists common early symptoms and signs, which parts of the brain are affected and other possible causes for dementia-like symptoms. Provides a procedure for investigating possible dementia in people with learning disabilities. Provides guidelines for a 'dementia-friendly' environment and do's and dont's of communication with a person with dementia.
List(s) this item appears in: Down syndrome and dementia April 2017 | Down syndrome and dementia-(supporting someone with) Jan 2019
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Notes that people with Down's syndrome are more likely than the general population to develop Alzheimer's dementia, and more likely to develop it at an earlier age. Although there is no cure for dementia, an early diagnosis can mean getting the help a person needs earlier, and have a significant effect on maintaining their quality of life. With this in mind describes what dementia is, lists common early symptoms and signs, which parts of the brain are affected and other possible causes for dementia-like symptoms. Provides a procedure for investigating possible dementia in people with learning disabilities. Provides guidelines for a 'dementia-friendly' environment and do's and dont's of communication with a person with dementia.

Copyright permission given by the author to be used as a seminar handout 29/02/2008

What is dementia?|Signs and symptoms of dementia|Alzheimer's disease and the brain|Other possible causes of dementia-like symptoms|Is it dementia? A procedure for investigating possible dementia|How to assess a person's skills|What you can do to help someone live with dementia|Sources of information

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Simple English - especially around signs, symtoms and other prossible causes

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Good background but found Kerr and Wilkinson "In the know" better.

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I was able to photocopy sections of this to quickly prepare a handout for CSWs working with a person displaying symptoms of dementia.

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