I teach about Dementia, I teach to the relevant standards and can present the information in an inclusive way.
BUT, I have two outcomes in mind, firstly, of course, to enable Learners to gain the necessary knowledge and understanding to work with the individuals they work in a more empathic, more person centred way and informed way. Secondly, to grasp that the information is as much about their health and well-being as it is about others.
Both Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia have lifestyle elements attached to them, both can be mitigated by changes to our lifestyle well before the potential onset of the signs and symptoms occur.
We know that changes in the brain occur ten to fifteen years before the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s are in evidence. so on average people in their late fifties and early sixties may have those negative alterations in progress.
So, what do I emphasise in my training? Nothing new I’m afraid.
- Good sleep pattern (poor sleep patterns are known to cause both physical and mental problems)
- Balanced diet
- Eating foods with Neuro-protectors (Turmeric, Paprika, Chillis)
- Quitting smoking
- Not multi-tasking
I just make sure that the Learners know I am talking to them about their present and future well-being.