An Introduction to Dementia. . .
Dementia is a generic terms for conditions that have an effect on both short and long-term memory. In addition to memory loss, a progressive loss of other mental abilities takes place which is often accompanied by changes in behaviour and skills. Dementia is a progressive illness and has the effect of reducing the function of the brain by destroying brain cells which cannot be replaced. Dementia can be present in a many different forms, these include:-
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Vascular Dementia (also referred to as multi-infarct or arteriosclerotic)
- Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Parkinson's Disease Dementia
- Fronto-temporal Dementia
- Early onset Dementia
Further useful information can be obtained from the following booklet produced by Southern Health: Older People's Mental Health
Dementia Lunch & Learn Package:
The Dementia Lunch and Learn package is FREE to all Wessex Practices as Wessex LMCs is keen to support all the national work on Dementia and sees this resource as a major way in getting some messages across to all who work in general practice.
This training resource is to give everyone a basic idea of what dementia is and what the common symptoms are. It looks briefly too at the main risk factors to dementia. Subsequently, there are the tools which can be used to enable you to become a dementia friendly practice.
The aim of the session is to widen awareness of the illness and the effect it can have on patients and how as a practice you can make changes to enhance the care of your dementia patients.
There are some useful video clips in the resource so access to an internet connection would be useful if that is available. However – they are not essential.
Please do not be daunted by all the suggestions within the iSPACE programme – just making a few changes in the right direction is a great start.
All staff should benefit from this – and please encourage locums to join you if you run a lunchtime session for all staff.
Other Useful Dementia Information / Links:
Useful Contact Telephone Numbers:
- Andover Mind: 01264 332297
- Alzheimers Society: 02392 892035
- The Princess Royal Trust: 01264 835246 / 835205
- The Princess Royal Trust (Emergency Carers Helpline): 0845 604 1577
- Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (HQ): 023 8087 4000
- Memory Cafe (Information Only): 023 8061 0159
- Carers Direct: 0808 802 0202
- OPAL (Older People's Area Link), Age Concern: 0800 328 7174