This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the center of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life.
Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.
This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.
Chapter 13: Dementia
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe various symptoms associated with cognitive ability; these include memory, decision making, comprehension, mood and language. There are many disorders which are commonly called dementia. The most common are Alzheimer's disease (approximately two thirds of cases), vascular dementia and Lewy Body dementia, although there are many other types. There is currently no cure for dementia, but some types can respond well to treatment [Page 58](Alzheimer's Society, 2011). Dementia is common. According to Alzheimer's Research UK (2011), there are approximately 820,000 people living with the diagnosis today. This figure is set to rise dramatically in the next 20–30 years. Dementia predominantly affects people over 65, but incidences of young onset dementia are now being recognised and diagnosed. ...