University of Canberra
Faculty of Health
Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics
EXTENSION REQUEST FORM
Request for extensions must be made prior to the due date and supported by a medical certificate, counselling certificate or other appropriate evidence.
If an extension is granted, this form will be signed by the Unit Convenor.
Keep a copy of the form for your own records and attach the original form to the back of your assignment.
Name of Unit:
Nutrition and Disease
Name of Assignment or
Ms Nerida Volke
Signature of Unit Convener:
Cathy Knight Agarwal
Date of Approval:
This assignment is now due on*
*Penalties will be deducted as per the Unit Outline if the assignment is not received by the above date.
"Dementia is a mental health disorder that is common in the elderly and has been associated with poor nutritional status."
Dementia was found to be the third leading cause of death amongst the elderly. An estimated 322,000 Australians were diagnosed with dementia in the year 2013. Due to the country's growing and ageing population it was estimated that by the year 2020 there will be 400,000 cases of dementia and 900,000 by 2050. What is dementia? Dementia is not an isolated occurring disease. It branches off more than 100 different diseases that include symptoms that are caused by disorders that affect the brain. Dementia is the loss of brain function and it interferes with memory, behaviour, language, personality and cognitive skills. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer's disease affecting between 50 and 70 percent of the world's population who have dementia. The risk factors of dementia that have...