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Research-Based Interventions 1 Research-Based Interventions on Dementia Mary Beth Kochie 03/12/2016 PSY/650 Mary Newhams, Instructor
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Research-Based Interventions 2 Research-Based Interventions on Dementia Dementia is probably one of the oldest and saddest psychiatric diseases in history of psychology. Dementia has multiple treatments and interventions that can be effective in treating the disorder, however, as with most psychological disorders there is no cure. Everyone has times where they lock their keys in their car. Everyone has days where it seemed like they forget everything they need to do. However, when it happens everyday the family needs to be concerned. The constant forgetfulness they are experiencing maybe signs of dementia or Alzheimer's. We will be discussing the symptoms and characteristics of the disorder as well as the research and intervention strategies. A psychological perspective will be chosen and conceptualize the disorder and lastly three peer-reviewed research studies will be discussed. (Butcher, 2014). Characteristics of Dementia Dementia is considered a decline in a person’s mental ability that is so severe it interferes with their ability to live their daily life. There is no specific disease for dementia, it is just an overall term which encompasses a very wide range of symptoms. These symptoms include a decline in memory, reduced ability to perform everyday activities. The disorder termed Alzheimer’s makes up about 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Another type is called Vascular dementia which occurs after a stroke and is the second most common type of dementia. It should be noted that there are also many conditions that can cause the symptoms of dementia, some of which are reversible.These include thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies. Dementia is often mistaken as senility or being senile.This reflects the incorrect widespread belief that mental decline is just a normal part of getting older. The symptoms of dementia can vary drastically. For someone to be considered to have dementia, they must have significantly impaired mental
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Research-Based Interventions 3 functions of at least two from the following: memory, communication and language, ability to focus and pay attention, reasoning and judgement and visual perception. People who suffer from dementia may have considerable problems with their short-term memory, keeping track of
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