Dementi A Progressive Mental Disorder

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In Canada, there are approximately 120,000 people that have been diagnosed with dementia or a related condition. Dementia is a progressive mental disorder characterized as the deterioration of intelligence and personality (Myers, 2009). By 2031 the number of people living with dementia will drastically increase to 750,000 due to the aging baby boomers population (Statistics Canada, 2013; Black, et al., 2010). People living with dementia require assistance with activities of daily living (ADL); this assistance is often performed by a family member acting as a caregiver (Black, et al., 2010). A caregiver is a person who contributes to another person 's social, medical, environmental and economic resources (Myers, 2009). Although family members taking on the role of caregiver can experience a sense of gratification, great meaning and a personal benefit in providing care, they also take on the burden of psychological, emotional, financial and physical which can lead to depression (Kramer, 2000). Depression is a state of abnormal mood disturbances characterized by feelings of despair, sadness and worthlessness (Myers, 2009). Caregivers that are responsible for people diagnosed with dementia are believed to have an 83% chance of being diagnosed with depression (Sun, Ong, & Burnette, 2012). According to O 'Rourke, Cappeliez, & Neufeld, (2007) caregivers working with this population have the largest increase in becoming clinically depressed and having concurrent physical…
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