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Dementia

Updated: July 23, 2022

Dementia is a progressive decline in cognitive function affecting memory, reasoning, and daily activities. Therapy focuses on support, coping strategies, and enhancing quality of life for individuals and caregivers.

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What Is Dementia?

Dementia is a complex and progressive neurological condition characterised by a gradual decline in cognitive abilities, impacting memory, reasoning, language, and the ability to perform daily activities. It poses profound challenges not only for individuals diagnosed but also for their families and caregivers.

 

As cognitive functions deteriorate, individuals may experience changes in behaviour, mood swings, and difficulties with communication. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, but other types, such as vascular dementia and frontotemporal dementia, also contribute to this spectrum of disorders.

What Are The Symptoms?

Difficulty in Problem-Solving

Dementia creates challenges in planning and solving problems.

Disorientation

Sufferers experience confusion about time, place, or surroundings.

Impaired Judgment

Difficulty making decisions or assessing risks.

Language Difficulties

People with dementia struggle to find the right words or comprehend language.

Loss of Motor Skills

Dementia causes difficulty with coordination and motor skills.

Memory Loss

Forgetfulness, particularly of recent events or information.

Personality Changes

People with dementia also experience changes in behaviour and personality traits.

What Causes Dementia?

Alzheimer’s Disease: The most common cause of dementia is characterised by abnormal protein deposits in the brain.

Vascular Dementia: Is caused by impaired blood flow to the brain, often due to stroke or cardiovascular issues.

Frontotemporal Dementia: This form of dementia affects the frontal and temporal lobes, leading to personality and behaviour changes.

Lewy Body Dementia: Involves abnormal protein deposits and affects thinking, behaviour, and motor control.

Parkinson’s Disease Dementia: Develops in individuals with Parkinson’s disease, impacting cognitive function.

How Phinity Therapy Can Help

Our therapeutic interventions aim to enhance the overall wellbeing of individuals with dementia and their caregivers, fostering a supportive and empathetic environment. The focus extends beyond cognitive abilities to encompass emotional, social, and physical aspects, recognising the holistic impact of dementia on individuals and their families.

Psychoeducation: We provide comprehensive information about dementia, and its progression, and discuss available support resources.

Support for Caregivers: We will offer emotional support and coping strategies for caregivers dealing with the challenges of dementia care.

Validation Principles: We work empathetically with individuals, using principles of person-centred and validation therapy to acknowledge their feelings, experiences, and reality.

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) Principles: We engage individuals in structured activities, promoting cognitive function and social interaction.

Behavioural Interventions: We will help individuals develop with behavioural interventions to manage challenging behaviours and improve their overall quality of life.

Memory Enhancement Techniques: Introducing memory enhancement techniques and exercises to help support cognitive function.

Reality Orientation: Our therapists apply reality orientation techniques to help individuals maintain a connection with the present and reduce disorientation.

Reminiscence Therapy Principles: We use principles of reminiscence therapy to explore and discuss past experiences, fostering emotional connections and wellbeing.

Family Therapy: It is often helpful to involve family members in therapy to enhance communication, understanding, and support.

Emotional Support: Our therapists will provide a safe space for individuals to express their emotions and fears associated with dementia.

End-of-Life Planning: We will assist individuals and families in discussing and planning for end-of-life care when appropriate.

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