Dementia and Social Work Practice: Research and by Carole B. Cox

By Carole B. Cox

Practical insurance of using, day care, aid teams, and respite is very welcome. this can be a strong ebook to have on hand, not only for social paintings college and scholars, but additionally for these within the healthiness sciences, psychology, and sociology. it will likely be an invaluable source for pros dealing with the expanding difficulties for kin and group that an getting older inhabitants and the epidemic of Alzheimer's affliction carry with them....Recommended. Lower-level undergraduate via professionals/practitioners."--Choice

Beyond the instant and devastating results dementia could have on contributors and their caliber of existence are the traces which are put on the households, caregivers, and groups that aid them. Social staff are in a distinct place to handle most of these concerns while that they supply deal with people with dementia.

To facilitate the doorway of social staff into this zone of care, Carol B. Cox has edited a quantity of professional articles at the organic, mental, and social facets of dementia. . Readers will examine the most recent evaluate tools, in addition to the best way to distinguish among Alzheimer's and non-Alzheimer's dementias. Intervention suggestions for each level of dementia are awarded. the results of tradition and variety at the remedy of individuals with dementia are tested, together with examples of winning courses from numerous nations. the advantages and disadvantages of grownup day prone, group care, and home care are mentioned. ultimately, a dialogue of the criminal, monetary, and mental stresses confronted through caregivers of these with dementia rounds out this a lot wanted text.

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The first clinical profile, amnestic dementia, is the typical presentation of AD. The earliest symptoms are memory problems and forgetfulness, and this is the most common presenting clinical profile in persons over the age of 65. The reason that memory loss is so salient is that, for reasons that are not well understood, the earliest neuropathological changes of AD (neurofibrillary tangles and senile neuritic plaques) form in the hippocampus of the medial temporal lobe, a region that is required for normal short-term memory.

This knowledge allows the social worker to explain changes in behavior and reasoning in ways that can potentially lessen the burden that families feel by helping them understand that they are not to blame for what the disease is doing to their family member. The human brain has two hemispheres joined by a bridge of fibers, the corpus callosum, that allow them to communicate. Each area of the brain has a different set of functions, so damage to a particular area will determine the type of symptoms expressed.

In daily life, after the initial short-term memory loss, the affected individual may demonstrate a change in personality; become more irritable or withdrawn; have difficulty organizing and planning, managing money, measuring distance, or finding the right words; become tangential; or blame others inappropriately. Changes in cognitive functions may lead to changes in driving ability, such as less caution, poor judgment, and slowed reaction time. The patient may or may not have insight into the changes and how they are transforming him- or herself and those around him or her.

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