Exploring the Relationship Between Physical Health and Mental Health for the Person with Dementia.

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INDEPENDENT STUDY LEVEL THREE Exploring the relationship between physical health and mental health for the person with dementia. 4915 Words Introduction “Dementia results in a progressive decline in multiple areas of functioning, including memory, reasoning, communication skills and the skills to carry out daily activities. Alongside this decline, individuals may develop behavioural and psychological symptoms such as depression, psychosis, aggression and wandering, which complicate care and can occur at any stage of the illness. Family carers of people with dementia are often old and frail themselves with high levels of depression and physical illness” (DOH 2009) The following Essay will consider the…show more content…
This figure represents 8% of the total Manchester population who are over 65. However, this rises to 22% of those who are over 80 years of age. On the basis of using national planned trajectories, by the year 2026, it has been estimated that there will be approximately 5,770 people with a diagnosis of dementia living in Manchester. This figure is expected to rise further by 2050 to 8,244. The National Strategy aims to provide a framework to enable local organisations to deliver improved services which also address health inequalities. Manchester has consequently developed its own local dementia strategy, with the aim of meeting the needs of those people living in Manchester with a diagnosis of dementia and their family carers. The Manchester Dementia Strategy notes that there is a link between dementia and deprivation. It also reports that Manchester is the third most deprived local authority in England. Subsequently, if older people in Manchester do indeed have a higher level of poor health The Manchester Dementia strategy suggests that this could further impact on the incidence of dementia. This would
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