Health Promotion Essay

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DEMENTIA
The purpose of this essay is to look at dementia in details and get a clear understanding of the level at which this condition affects the society and how it raises public health concern. According to the NHS Choices (2010), Dementia is said to be a condition that carries a group of related symptoms, associated with an ongoing decline in the performance of the brain and its abilities. This condition affects the individual’s memory, thinking, language, and understanding together with judgment abilities. Therefore this essay will be analysing concerns, targets and health promotion initiatives by the government regarding dementia.
Dementia is a condition that raises public health concerns and the government is working hard to
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The government is also focusing on raising the quality of care for people with dementia and giving as much support as they can to the carers according to the Department of Health (2011). By doing this, the pace of improvement in dementia care will be accelerated. The Department of health also published an implementation plan which they called Good Practice Compendium - Living well with dementia (2011). With this initiative the government aims at providing centres that will act as a hub of services to older people with chronic ill health and long term illness such as dementia that require intensive care. It is also the government’s plan to support carers by offering respite care, information and advice in local settings. The government believes that under these arrangements, they will be able to help older people mostly those with dementia to regain their lost skills and abilities, which will enable them to maximise their potential and be able to live in their own homes. This is done as a way of promoting dignity and independency. They also want to promote and sustain inclusion and wellbeing.
As part of the government’s living with dementia program, the NHS West Kent Dementia Crisis Support services provide a 24 hours care service. This aims at providing a safe environment for individuals while carers are resting and also enables individuals to remain in their own homes and receive appropriate support. This is a useful way of treating people who get acute
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