Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities like keeping track of a purse or wallet, paying bills, planning and preparing meals, etc. Many dementias are progressive, meaning symptoms start out slowly and gradually get worse. Professional evaluation may detect a treatable condition.
This course aims at improving the knowledge of health care professionals about dementia, its causes, manifestations and management. If health professionals are aware that a person has a condition causing dementia, this is helpful when treating other medical problems. This includes taking extra time to explain things to patients in a way they can understand, setting up safer ways of taking medication, and understanding and offering extra support if someone has to come into hospital as an inpatient for another reason. As a result, patients with dementia and their relatives will have a superior experience from the health professionals.Learning Outcomes
- Compare different etiologies of dementia.
- Explain the various types, stages and clinical manifestations of dementia.
- Elaborate on the various categories of dementia.
- Describe diagnostic tests for dementia.
- Explain the management of dementia.
- Discuss strategies to prevent dementia.
- Describe validation and reminiscence therapy.
- Discuss how to modify the environment for dementia sufferers.
- Discuss how to establish a night-time routine for dementia sufferers.
- Discuss the risks of restraint usage.
- Name altered behaviours that dementia sufferers display.
- Describe communication strategies for people with dementia.
- Describe challenging behaviour management.