Dementia, one of the leading causes of death in the western world, is a growing concern in elderly people. By learning to help people cope with and prevent the onset of dementia, your training skills will give greater value to the patient. Here we discuss five facts about dementia you may not know.
Life expectancy differs
Dementia can be a complexed disease, as you may know the time it takes to progress in the body varies from one person to the next, therefore life expectancy predictions will never run consistent for patients. The National Institute on Ageing (NIA) notes that older male and female suffers usually live three to four years with the condition. Younger adults who contract dementia and AD can live with the condition for as long as 10 years or more.
Sense of smell evaporates
A little known fact that often slips under the radar is that people with dementia may lose their sense of smell, this is according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There have been many studies conducted to prove this fact, one of which from the Journal of the Neurological Sciences, suggest that changes in the sense of smell may be a warning sign of Alzheimer’s Disease.
For a suffer it’s vital that such changes are recorded, although inability to smell can also be traced back to conditions such as:
– Parkinson’s disease
– Brain injury
– Sinus infection
Carers are needed worldwide
Did you know there are approximately 10 million people that give up their time to care for men and women suffering from dementia? Spare a thought for those individuals – the friends, family members, community figures – that provide support and assistance without commanding a fee. Trained healthcare professionals working with dementia suffers have a the advantage of being able to assist in skilled tasks through training in order to give a more thorough line of care.
Women are at greater risk
Clinical evidence indicated that almost twice as many women have dementia as men do, confirmed by experts at the Health Resources and Services Administration. An unrelated study on dementia from University of California San Diego found that AD worsens more quickly in women than it does in men. Results have also pointed to brain shrinkage being more severe in women with dementia than in it men. Experts are yet to full compound the reasons why this is.
This information has been supplied by PCHT, leaders in providing Person Centre Healthcare Training to staff and management working in the Healthcare Sector in care of the Older Person. More information on training for healthcare can be found at www.pcht.ie.