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How is dementia defined?

A syndrome due to a disease of the brain usually of a chronic or progressive nature, in which there is disturbance of multiple cortical functions, including memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language and judgement.


What is the overall economic impact of dementia in the UK?

26.3 billion pounds


Give the 7 causes of dementia?

1) Alzheimer's disease
2) Vascular dementia
3) Frontotemporal dementias
4) Lewy body dementia
5) Progressive supranuclear palsy
6) Huntington's disease
7) Prion disease


What services are involved in caring for people with mild dementia?

1) Memory services
2) CMHTs (Community mental health teams)


What 5 services are involved in caring for the people with mild/moderate dementia?

1) CMHTs
2) Intermediate care services
3) Alternatives to admission
4) Social care interventions
5) In-patient services - Medical/Psychiatric


What is important for patients with severe and terminal dementia in terms of allowing them to live and die well?

Putting advanced planning in place


What percentage of acutely ill medical in-patients lack capacity?

40% - 25% are severely cognitively impaired or unconcious


Recent studies have shown what problems amongst physicians assessing capacity?

1) Knowledge about the MCA isnt as good as it should be
2) Physicians are not particularly reliable at assessing MCA in more mild cases