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joensf Level 79
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Impaired mental capacity

The impairment in mental capacity caused by dementia can make people with dementia particularly vulnerable to discrimination and infringements of their rights. For example, they may be excluded from discussions about their care because their views and preferences are not seen to be valid or perceived to be a result of their condition, rather than a legitimate preference. When this occurs, the person with dementia may also be less able to object, or to challenge decisions that have been made on their behalf. Under the Mental Capacity Act a person must be presumed to be able to make their own decisions "unless all practical steps to help him (or her) to make a decision have been taken without success". This must become a reality for people with dementia.

Ageism

Age discrimination inevitably impacts on people with dementia. The prevalence of dementia increases steadily with age, with the proportion of people with dementia doubling for every five year age group. Poor support and unjust treatment for older people mean many people with dementia are hit twice as hard. For example, research shows that older people are denied access to the full range of mental health services that are available to younger adults. This particularly disadvantages people with dementia who are often over 65 and in need of mental health support. There are also widespread, mistaken assumptions that dementia is merely "getting old", rather than a serious disease. This has led to unequal treatment for people with dementia, including poor rates of diagnosis and a lack of appropriate services.

Abuse
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Abuse is a serious infringement of the Human Rights Act and has a severe impact on quality of life. People with dementia are particularly vulnerable to abuse. Impaired mental capacity increases the risk of abuse and a person's dementia can make it harder to detect when abuse is occurring. Abuse can occur across all care settings, including by care workers and professionals in formal; care settings and by unpaid carers, family members, neighbours and strangers in informal care settings. It can take the form of psychological, financial, emotional, sexual or physical abuse. The Society believes that poor quality care must also be recognised as a form of abuse.
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The over-prescription of anti-psychotic drugs

The widespread over-prescription of anti-psychotic drugs to treat the behavioural symptoms of dementia is a serious breach of rights. Antipsychotic drugs have serious risks for people with dementia including excessive sedation, accelerate cognitive decline and increased mortality. The failure of the health and social care system to respond safely and effectively to dementia is a major barrier to people with dementia and their carers accessing safe and effective interventions. Anti-psychotics should always be a last resort, used only at times of severe distress or critical need. Alzheimer's Society supports the Dementia Action Alliance's call to action to ensure that anyone with dementia who is receiving antipsychotic drugs receives a clinical review by March 2012.

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krystal333 Level 2
Answered 2 years ago
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dementia Is moslty memeroy loss. I have worked taking care of residents with dementia and alz. From my first hand experience if you exclude them because of this then they will come to resent you. Most people don't thin kthat they have their right mind but they do. It just comes and goes. When they have their memory, they will remember how you treated them and resent it. So when their dementia starts to get worse they can become bitter and angry with that person, and could hurt them. It is every important that you treat them just like the rest of the group. If they are having problems with their memories, use the one they can remember to build on. You can incluid them in fun activities, that they once enjoyed or somthing to improve brain function, (reading, writing, puzzles, etc) I hade one lady that I will never forget. She had very poor memory, could not even remember her husband, but she remembered everythign about her garden. To get her memory going we got her out in the garden, and she would remember very detailed things! Another guy I loved to be around remembered nothing but taking care of his chickens, and cows, so every time I would ask him about that it would jog memories. When he was upset he thought I was his daugther, and could not remember where he was or anythign so we would go set in the corner and just talk about his daugther which in turn would lead him to remember more. Hope this helps!
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