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1. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for
what total percentage of dementias
2. Which of the following practical tips
may assist a carer of a person with
dementia to overcome challenges
related to eating?
a) Preparing large meals.
b) Moistening foods with sauce and
c) Avoiding sauce and gravies.
d) Encouraging mixing of food textures
within each meal.
3. Which of the following is INCORRECT
regarding a carer for a person with
a) A carer or caregiver is someone who
provides tangible, financial, emotional
or informational and coordinated
support to an impaired person.
b) Due to the high stress associated with
this role, it is crucial that the carer
looks after their own health.
c) Carers of people with dementia are
more likely to experience depressed
mood, report a higher burden, and
have worse general health than carers
of patients with other chronic diseases.
d) It has been reported that 95% of
caregivers suffer from emotional,
mental and physical illness as a result
of the stress of caring for a person with
4. When running a health promotion
activity, evaluation is an important
a) it allows reflection as to whether the
goals and objectives of the project
b) it ensures that informational materials
are ordered in time for the event.
c) it informs management and co-
workers of the upcoming event.
d) it ensures utilisation of banners,
posters, email and newsletters.
• Dementia Care Australia (DCA):
an independent dementia
information and education
organisation specialising in
supporting both people with
dementia and their carers. Online:
Phone: (03) 9727 2744
• The Aged Care Information Line:
provides support and assistance with
queries about access to home and
community care, respite fees, and
bonds and charges. Online:
1800 200 422
• The Carer Advisory and Counselling
Service: provides carers with
information and advice about relevant
services and entitlements.
Phone: 1800 242 636.
You advise Margaret that dementia is
quite common in the elderly and that
most people who live long enough
will develop some degree of cognitive
impairment. You explain to Margaret
that dementia affects things such as
memory, attention, language and
problem solving skills; dementia may
explain why Margaret has noticed Anne
becoming more forgetful, and often not
remembering where she is or the day
of the week. You provide Margaret with
practical advice on some of the more
complex issues experienced by people
with dementia and their carers. Margaret
is particularly interested in your advice
about eating; she has noticed that Anne
has not been eating much of late and
wants to do what she can to encourage
regular healthy meals. You provide some
printed material for Margaret and suggest
she contacts Alzheimer’s Australia for
some more information, which she is very
eager to do. Finally, you invite Margaret
to visit the pharmacy regularly so you can
keep up-to-date with Anne’s progress and
provide ongoing support and advice.
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