During my short time working in a nursing home I noticed Evelyn, who was 76 years old, display qualities suggesting she was in the stages of moderate to severe dementia. This essay aims to discuss the affects dementia has on Evelyn in particular, as well as others like her. The poster attached supporting this discussion regards coping with dementia is also explained throughout this essay. Dementia spoils nearly all mental, physical and social essences of a human being. Evelyn’s mental disorder symptoms will be discussed first, namely, her memory loss and communication problems. Her wandering and abnormal changes in behaviour are included within this section. Secondly, the effects of ...

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by brain dysfunction when nerves in the brain become diseased (Buijssen, 2005, p.14). Different people with dementia exhibit different affects. But the impairment of language, challenging behaviour, lack of judgement and memory loss are common in all demented patients (Burns & Winblad, 2006, p.83; MacKinlay & Trevitt, 2006. p.12).

The different pictures scattered around the clock portrayed in the poster represent the many different types of behaviour and symptoms Evelyn can assume each hour in a day due to dementia. The heart and human hand clock hands signify the assistance of others that help people like Evelyn cope. To further emphasise the many frustrating and saddening effects of dementia, the pictures representing Evelyn’s mood changes are in black and white. In contrast, the sun and the colourful pictures in the middle of the poster symbolise the light and positive support resources available from the family, nurses and carers, as well as others, who assist demented ...

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as the toilet, and a sign which indicates the day of the month (Bonner, 2005, p.27).

Dementia influences the ability to communicate also (Biernacki, 2007, p.94). Evelyn had difficulties in both mentally coming up with what to say, as well as producing the words physically (Biernacki, 2007, p.95). It was sometimes nearly impossible to know what Evelyn wanted, as she didn’t seem to understand what I said or wrote. Biernacki (2005, p.96) warns that the limitation in communication skills in patients with dementia can lead to frustration, aggression and/or depression. As Evelyn couldn’t communicate with others confidently, and had problems with reading (alexia) and writing (agraphia) ...

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Added: 2/27/2011 11:42:40 PM
Submitted By: elf2011
Category: Psychology
Type: Premium Paper
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