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1 Training to care for people with dementia Vascular Dementia Presented By Liz Graham Brightwater Care Group

2 Training to care for people with dementia Objectives To increase knowledge and understanding of Vascular Dementia To demonstrate the progression of Vascular Dementia To discuss the importance of team management of the person with Vascular Dementia

3 Training to care for people with dementia Types of Dementia Alzheimer’s Disease Vascular Dementia Dementia with Lewy bodies Frontal lobe Dementia Korsakoff’s Syndrome Huntington’s Disease Substance abuse Creutzfelt-Jacob Disease (CJD) Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Downs Syndrome AIDS related Encephalitis Head Injury And Others (over 80 causes)

4 Training to care for people with dementia What is Vascular Dementia? Second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. Occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted by a blocked or diseased vascular system.

5 Training to care for people with dementia A Little Bit of History Arteriosclerosis and senile dementia described as different syndromes as early as 1899. Mayer-Gross et al in 1969 reported hypertension to be the cause in 50% of patients. Hachinski in 1974 used the term multi-infarct dementia. In 1985 the term vascular dementia was used by Loeb.

6 Training to care for people with dementia Different Types 0f Vascular Dementia 1.Mild vascular cognitive impairment 2.Multi-infarct dementia 3.Vascular dementia due to a strategic single infarct. 4.Vascular dementia due to lacunar lesions 5.Vascular dementia due to haemorrhagic lesions 6.Binswanger disease 7.Subcortical vascular dementia 8. Mixed dementia (combination of AD and Vascular) Article by Kannayiram Alagiakrishnam

7 Training to care for people with dementia Multi-infarct dementia Most common form Caused by a series of small strokes or TIA. Damage caused to the cortex of the brain Area associated with learning, memory and language. Can be temporary but over time with repeated incidents become permanent Symptoms include severe depression, mood swings and epilepsy

8 Training to care for people with dementia Binswanger’s Disease (or Subcortical vascular dementia) Associated with stroke-related changes. Damage to tiny blood vessels of the white matter, deep within the brain. Symptoms develop more gradually and include Slowness, lethargy, difficulty walking, emotional ups and downs, lack of bladder control.

9 Training to care for people with dementia Signs and Symptoms of Vascular Dementia Physical signs/symptoms Memory problems, forgetfulness Dizziness Leg or arm weakness Lack of concentration Moving with rapid, shuffling steps Loss of bladder or bowel control

10 Training to care for people with dementia Behavioural signs/symptoms Depression Slurred speech Language problems Abnormal behaviour Wandering/getting lost Laughing/crying inappropriately Difficulty following instructions Problems handling money

11 Training to care for people with dementia Risk Factors that increase risk of developing Vascular Dementia

12 Training to care for people with dementia Risk Factors High blood pressure Smoking Diabetes High Cholesterol History of mild warning strokes Evidence of arterial disease elsewhere Heart rhythm abnormalities Lack of physical activity Fatty diet Gender – Men are at a slightly higher risk. Age – Usually between 60 and 75, incidence increases with age.

13 Training to care for people with dementia GOOD NEWS Unlike Alzheimer’s Disease, there are ways to prevent and reduce the severity of vascular dementia.

14 Training to care for people with dementia Medical management of: High blood pressure High Cholesterol Heart disease Diabetes Administering medication to prevent clots forming eg Aspirin Drugs to relieve restlessness or depression Recent research indicates that cholinesterase inhibitor medications which are helpful with Alzheimer’s disease may be of benefit in Vascular Dementia eg Aricept, Reminyl. In some cases surgery such as carotid endarterectomy may be indicated.

15 Training to care for people with dementia Unlike Alzheimer’s Disease, there are ways to prevent and reduce the severity of vascular dementia. Receiving Rehabilitative Support: Physiotherapy Occupational Therapy Speech Therapy To help the person regain lost functions. A Healthier Lifestyle: A healthy diet Regular Exercise Stop smoking Moderate intake of alcohol

16 Training to care for people with dementia Progression of Vascular Dementia Onset gradual or dramatic Stabilise TIA/Stroke Stabilise TIA/Stroke Typically Vascular Dementia progresses gradually in a stepwise fashion in which a person’s abilities deteriorate after a stroke, then stabilise until the next stroke.

17 Training to care for people with dementia Mortality/Morbidity In community-based studies in Australia, the prevalence rate for vascular and mixed dementia is 13% and 28%, respectively. In patients with dementia who have had a stroke, the increase in mortality is significant. The 5 year survival rate is 39% for patients with vascular dementia compares with 75% age matched controls. Vascular dementia is associated with higher mortality rate than AD, presumably because of the coexistence of other atherosclerotic diseases. (Alagiakrishnan)

18 Training to care for people with dementia Case Study 74 year old male admitted to High Care from CAP unit Diagnosis – Dementia History of Hypertension, TIAs. Supportive family, wife and 2 daughters Transfer information - Communication poor. - Mobility: Non-ambulant, hoist transfer. -ADLs: Full assistance, resistive in showering/dressing. - Doubly incontinent. - Full assistance with meals.

19 Training to care for people with dementia Personhood “A standing or status that is bestowed upon one human being, by others, in the context of relationship and social being. It implies recognition, respect and trust” (Kitwood 1997)

20 Training to care for people with dementia Philosophy and Principles of Person Centred Care Attend to the whole person See each person as unique and special Give respect to the past Focus on the positives Stay in communication Nourish attachments Create community Maximise freedom – minimise controls Maintain environment of trust and value

21 Training to care for people with dementia Team assessment and planning of care JIM GP RN PHYSIOTHERAPIST FAMILY OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST CARER SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

22 Training to care for people with dementia From Assessment GP – Reviews and monitors medication for hypertension and administers aspirin. RN – Monitors health status and specifically blood pressure. Works with team to implement care strategies. Occupational Therapist – Establishes grabbing and gripping is behavioural. Implements strategies to assist during washing/dressing including good communication, time, use of smiling, careful handling. Carer – Works with Jim implementing strategies and feeding back responses. Family – Guided by all staff in understanding and supporting Jim’s needs. Involved during mealtimes, activities to support Jim.

23 Training to care for people with dementia From assessment Contd. Physio – Works to promote effective transfers and walking with assistance of 2, 20 metres. Works with OT to ensure active upper limb range present for washing /dressing. Works with team to implement care strategies. Speech Pathologist – Establishes dysphagia status and assistance for meals (along with OT). Soft diet, promoting assistance to initiate ability to feed himself especially with finger foods. Communication requires one stage commands, time to respond and friendly smiling face. Works with team to implement care strategies

24 Training to care for people with dementia Example of Jim’s Progress TIA Stand transfers, non-ambulant, Distracter to hold during washing Smiles, Whistles, Gross motor TIA Standing Hoist transfers, Active-Assisted exercises. Assistance with vitamised meals. Continue Distractor use. Smiles but no whistling. Assess Implement Review Evaluate Non-Ambulant, Smiles, Whistles, Resistive, Assisted with meals Walks 20m with 2, Feeds himself with help, Strategies assist during washing. Gross motor activity, Entertainment

25 Training to care for people with dementia Take Home Message The take home message is simple: By reducing your risk for stroke, you also reduce your risk for vascular dementia.

26 Training to care for people with dementia References www.brad.ac.uk/acad/health/dementia www.helpguide.org/elder/vascular_dementia.htm www.alzheimers.org.uk www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publication/dementia.htm www.memorylossonline.com/pastissues/summer2000/ vasculardementia.html www.alzheimers.org.au www.emedicine.com/MED/topic3150.htm


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