Older People with Dementia

Dementia is a form of mental disorder that exhibits a broad range of symptoms, which include a decline in memory or other mental abilities capable of interfering with everyday activities. A person has difficulty remembering recent events or names, language or problem-solving, and often changes in the mood; depression is also an early symptom of this disease. There are ten types of Dementia with Alzheimer being the most common type, which causes brain cells to die. Dementia cannot be reversed, there is no cure or treatment; however, there are medications whose goal is to slow the progress of dementia. To an individual with dementia, the most important thing is support and general care. Essentially, the world is a confusing and sometimes hostile such people, therefore, having people around to offer physical and emotional support, and help them understand what is going on is a great help.

The main idea of the journal, communicating with older people with dementia is how to care for seniors and recommended practices. Communicating with older adults can be challenging, especially those who have dementia; nurses are not always successful, which affects their ability to provide good care. Moreover, only a few nurses show interest in training in dementia care, an aspect that has been associated with lack of gerontology competencies and low general interest in caring for older people. As such, nursing staff should examine their behavior when communicating with older people with dementia. Additionally, they should develop skills that will ensure that they communicate better to increase effectiveness during communication. The article focuses on the impacts of poor communication, which includes losing confidence, becoming delusional and emotionally unstable for the person with dementia (Kay de, 2013). Therefore, it is of the essence to find ways to make sure that communication is effective to improve the level of care that such a person requires.

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There are communication techniques provided to aid in improving skills that will allow a nursing staff to communicate with older people with dementia so as to provide excellent care. A nurse should know and follow these techniques to improve communication so that you can better communicate with older people under your care. Through understanding and following these guidelines, one can comprehend the message a person with dementia is trying to communicate, and in the same way, the person with dementia is in a better position to get your message. In my nursing practice, learning these techniques will be of great benefit to my career; I can take care of an older person with dementia successfully in the future. In addition to helping older people with dementia, such guidelines provide general knowledge on taking care of older adults, which is quite a challenging task. With such skills in nursing practice, it will be easier to take care of the more elderly population.

In the article The benefits of creative therapy for people with dementia, the primary focus is evaluating the impact of innovative therapy which includes drama, dancing, and music to people with dementia. Therapy sessions are aimed at enabling individuals to explore their feelings, manage behavior, develop social skills, reduce anxiety, and reconcile emotional conflicts. Creative therapy achieves that through the brain lateralization. According to them, the right brain is the art brain, which manages music, creativity, and emotion while the left brain manages language, reasoning, and writing. Since people with dementia are unable to think or verbalize their feelings, they retain necessary visual skills that assist them to express themselves through shapes and colors in art and creative activities. Innovative therapy helps such patients to develop motor and coordination skills that improve the perception of the brain (Rylatt, 2012). Also, it provides an efficient way to train patients on language capabilities. As a result, people with dementia can alleviate behavioral symptoms and vent negative emotions, which eventually improve their quality of life.

To help people with dementia with creative therapy is of the essence and therefore, nursing staff should acquire these skills through training. Essentially, there are art therapists who take patients through such sessions; however, these sessions are limited which might have little impact on the patient. As such, I would go through training to make sure that in addition to providing general care for such patients, one can help them improve their quality of life. Among the many benefits of creative therapy are improvements in communication, enjoyment, creative expression, and general engagement. Although further research is still essential to understand the impacts of creative therapy fully, the recent study has indicated positive outcomes of the sessions. As such, it serves as an encouragement and hope for a better life for people with dementia. As a nursing staff, helping patients with such therapy is a good course, and every nurse should ensure that they undergo training that will enable them to help their patients more efficiently.

Dementia is a form of disorder caused by brain injury or disease identified by difficulties with problem-solving and when thinking, memory loss, or language. Since there is no cure or treatment, patients depend on nursing care, therapy or drugs that help reduce the symptoms and improve the quality of life. The care helps the nursing staff to be equipped with skills and undergo training to enable them to provide better and effective care to their patients. It is more challenging to take care of older people than young ones, and therefore it requires more attentions and increases the skill level of the nurse providing care. Therefore, nurses should be provided with various forms of training during their learning to ensure that they can efficiently provide care for people with dementia.

 

References

Kay de. V. (May 2013). Communicating with older people with dementia: Nursing Older

People:University of Brighton. 25, 4, 30-37.

Rylatt, P. (January 01, 2012). The benefits of creative therapy for people with dementia. Nursing

Standard (royal College of Nursing (Great Britain): 1987), 26, 33, 18-24.