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Dementia is a condition associated with a decline in the brain’s cognitive ability. There are various types of dementia, with two of the most common being Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
Depression and learning disability
Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.
A Direct Payment is when an individual or their main carer is given a cash payment instead of receiving the services identified as necessary and accounted for by the relevant authority. This payment will be used by the individual to organise and pay for their own care.
Down’s syndrome is one of the best-known causes of a learning disability. It is a genetic condition, resulting from either an extra chromosome or extra genetic material from chromosome 21.
The topics of death and dying can be sensitive issues. This can be especially true when talking to people with learning disabilities, largely due to the health problems experienced by many, as well as the varying attitudes towards talking about the subject.