Dementia is a progressive and irreversible condition. That means its symptoms will continue to worsen and cannot be recovered. Not everyone will experience the same symptoms or progress at the same rate because the damage that has occurred in the person’s brain is individual to the person and will depend on the type of dementia, and the areas of the brain affected, but changes continue to take place. That being said, it is important to note that a person’s quality of life can be enhanced throughout their journey with dementia with care and through engaging and supportive activities like Artful Moments.
The progression of dementia is often described in stages (early, middle and late), and though there will be variations depending on the person and the type of dementia, each stage carries certain similarities. This section will include a description of the ‘typical’ abilities and impacts at each stage.
We will discuss how to recognize engagement at the museum in greater detail in Module 6: Engagement and Wellbeing.