DEMENTIA & ALZHEIMERS
The word dementia describes a range of symptoms that occur as a result of various medical conditions, including - Alzheimer's, Lewy bodies, vascular and fronto temporal dementia. Huntington's disease, Creutzfeldt disease, traumatic brain injury and Parkinson's disease are also associated with dementia.
People living with all forms of dementia are particularly susceptible to agitation due to sensory disruption. A major symptom of dementia is someone's inability to cope with certain aspects of the world they live in.
This may display itself in confusion, difficulty in performing simple tasks, an inability to follow a story on TV, believing something has happened that hasn't and a feeling of wanting to escape but not knowing where to go, or wanting to go to a place from their past which to them feels like the present. They may even fail to recognise familiar family members and friends.
These symptoms will differ from person to person depending on which part of the brain is affected, but because dementia is a progressive condition these symptoms become more frequent and pronounced over time, making them more frustrated with their surroundings and their inability to cope.
Because "A Sense of Calm" is based on sensory calming it is ideal for someone living with the sensory frustration of dementia. In fact, it was first conceived by carers whose mother had mixed dementia - vascular and Alzheimer's. And because memory confusion is such a major symptom of dementia, the images are deliberately abstract so that confusing memory reaction cannot take away from the pure calming effect of the images and music.
"A Sense of Calm" is being used by family carers and care homes, including BUPA care homes, to alleviate the agitation of their residents living with dementia.