Alzheimers

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Cause/Reason
Nerve cells in the brain die - leads to reduced cognitive function. Age related. Abnormality in the brain chemistry.
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Physical impact - Patient
Get lost, forget how to walk, incontinence, memory loss, hallucinations,confusion, violence, poor hygiene, aggression, masturbation in public, cant dress/eat, wakeful, cant have conversations, change personality.
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Intellectual impact - Patient
Forgetful, can't learn new things as they forget them (STM), can't speak/understand.
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Emotional impact - Patient
Anxiety/Depression in early stages, Feeling of getting worse (upsetting and distressing)
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Social impact - Patient
loss of social skills, become isolated, no personality.
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Financial impact - Patient
care costs
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Physical impact - Family
Violence, Abuse, Lack of privacy, lack of sleep, don't eat, a lot to do, bereavement, can't cope.
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Intellectual impact - Family
Limited understanding of disease.
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Emotional impact - Family
Upset, stress, guilt, anxiety, feel low, exhausted, don't think of own health, like looking after a child, strain on family relationships, emotionally draining.
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Social impact - Family
Isolated, limited social life, closer together.
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Financial impact - Family
Reduces work, 54% struggle with bills (carers), specialised food, phone bills, energy bills, transport to hospital, care products, equipment, adaptions.
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Employment barriers
Unable to work due to being in a vulnerable state
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Societal barriers
Unable to go out alone and avoid social contact
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Economic barriers
Don't work, reliant on benefits, may not be seen as disability (limited benefits)
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Environmental barriers
Difficulty accessing public transport independently.
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Bullying risk
Nasty comments from family/friends/carers.
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Abuse risk
They are vulnerable and could be subject to abuse in care homes and when they go out.
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Stress risk
Feel like they do everything wrong.
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Self-harm risk
Wander the streets and try to do something that the can't e.g. make a cup of tea and spill the hot water.
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Isolation/Social exclusion risk
Not much opportunity to go out and people may avoid them.
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Support
Residential care, Home care, Charities (Alzheimer's society/research)
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Safeguarding
Equality act, Dignity in care act, Mental capacity act, Care standards act, Bullying policy, DBS check, Whistle blowing policy, Risk assessments, CCTV, Inspections.
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Practitoners
GP, Occupational Therapist, Care worker, Social worker
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Physical impact - Patient

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Get lost, forget how to walk, incontinence, memory loss, hallucinations,confusion, violence, poor hygiene, aggression, masturbation in public, cant dress/eat, wakeful, cant have conversations, change personality.

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Intellectual impact - Patient

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Emotional impact - Patient

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Social impact - Patient

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