February 3, 2019 Critical Thinking

1.1 Explain why it is important to recognise and respect an individual’s heritage.
An individual’s heritage is part of their culture, part of their history, part of who they are at the very core. To recognise their heritage and to respect it is to treat them with the respect that that heritage is demanding and to be aware of the fact that, if you don’t you might offend or even insult the individual. The more you understand about an individual’s heritage the more likely you are to understand the individual themselves.
1.2 Compare the experience of dementia for an individual who has acquired it as an older person with the experience of an individual who has acquired it as a younger person
Living with dementia is a very heavy burden, regardless of the age when is acquired. However, the different experience will become quite clear for individuals of different ages. For instance, an individual who has acquired dementia in their advanced age might have no need to work for a living (they could be living on a pension) whereas in a younger person’s case it might be different as they would be required to work and the dementia could interfere with that. Or, in an older person’s case they could have grown children that might be able to support them; on the other side a younger person with dementia might have children who still needs support themselves.