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Dementia: Forgotten Memories - While the average life expectancy of the world’s population has increased, the number of detected dementia cases has commensurately risen to astonishing levels. Along with improved discovery of this disorder, new causes and treatments have been found, from which many innovative techniques have been developed towards the prevention of future incidences and reduction of the effects of this condition; however, the quest for these solutions have raised more questions than it has answered. Why do some develop this disorder, while others do not....   [tags: Dementia Condition and Symptoms]
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Dementia - Dementia While the average life expectancy of the world’s population has increased, the number of Dementia cases detected has commensurately risen to astonishing levels. Along with improved detection of this disorder, many new causes and treatments have been found, from which many innovative techniques have been discovered to prevent future incidences or reduce the effects of this condition. The quest for treatments and cures to this dilemma has brought additional questions to be answered, with limited success....   [tags: Mental Health]
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Dementia - When recalling his grandmother’s end-stage of life care, geriatrician and dementia researcher Greg A. Sachs, MD, of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, remembers that there has been little change in the care of patients with end-stage dementia in the past 30 years (Salynn Boyles, WebMD Health News, 2009). As Sabat (2009) wrote concerning the need for improving the lives of patients with end-stage dementia, “constitutes a call to action that cannot and should not be ignored” (p. 1806)....   [tags: Health, Diseases] 1873 words
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Dementia - Dementia Dementia is an organic brain syndrome which results in global cognitive impairments. Dementia can occur as a result of a variety of neurological diseases. Some of the more well known dementing diseases include Alzheimer's disease (AD), multi-infarct dementia (MID), and Huntington's disease (HD). Throughout this essay the emphasis will be placed on AD (also known as dementia of the Alzheimer's type, and primary degenerative dementia), because statistically it is the most significant dementing disease occurring in over 50% of demented patients (see epidemiology)....   [tags: Papers] 3248 words
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Canine Dementia - Many of the population today believe animals of the canine genus, dogs, to be “man’s best friend.” This philosophy appears to be especially pertinent when dealing with the comparison between Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in the two species. The amount, progression and deterioration of the brain of the two are strikingly similar. Canine Dementia is a rising concern for elderly dogs, as the damage appears to localize on the areas of the brain that affect spatial determination. For example, a dog may stand for hours staring at the hinges of a door, knowing it to be open, but unable to remember where the door opens; another scenario is if one’s dog got out of the yard and wandered for hours, unable to remember where their own home is....   [tags: Animal Science ]
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Intervention Dementia - Critique 2 Intervention Dementia The objective of this study (Eloniemi-Sulkava et al., 2009) was to analyze if a program of care based on multiple components, such as peer support groups, exercise education and comprehensive geriatric assessment among others could delay the need for institutionalization of patients with dementia and prolong their care in the community. At the same time, the authors investigate if the impact that this program will have in the use and cost of social and healthcare service utilized by the studied patients compared with the usual care....   [tags: Mental Health]
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Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease High and Growing - Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive and fatal form of dementia, frequently seen in the elderly altering their cognition, thought process and behavior. AD is reported in about half of patients that have a dementia diagnosis; one study states that about 10.3% of the population over 65 years is affected by dementia with an increase to almost 50% over the age of 85. (Beattie, 2002) Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of the aging process in humans, but rather found in a group of diseases that affect the brain leading to a decline in mental and physical control....   [tags: Dementia]
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Effective Dementia Care - Dementia care offers support and services to an individual affected by the disease itself, which is dementia. It addresses the right and needs of the person with dementia and their families. Improving quality of life and changing attitudes towards dementia is the main goal of dementia care. Dementia care also provides quality of care, maintain dignity and promote health, security and comfort in consideration with the standard of care and ethical guidelines (Adams & Manthorpe, 2003). Understanding dementia care is necessary for those health care providers who are planning to handle dementia patients....   [tags: Health, Diseases] 1566 words
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Dementia in Elder Adults - Introduction Dementia illness is the most feared and distressing disorder of later life. This essay will address the overview of dementia followed by the most common types of dementia. The essay will cover the nursing assessment and the interventions. One issue relating to activity of living will be indentified and it will also explore the care required in relation to this activity for an older patient / client suffering from dementia, as well as patient, carer advice. Analysis of Dementia Overview The term dementia refers to a serious loss in memory and other intellectual abilities in a formerly unimpaired person, further than what might be expected from normal aging (Dhanani & Wilkins, 2008)....   [tags: Mental Illness ]
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Dementia in Elder Adults - Dementia is the most feared and distressing disorder of later life. This essay will give an overview of dementia followed by the most common types of dementia. The essay will cover the nursing assessment and the interventions. Issues relating to sleeping disorders will be identified and it will also explore the care required in relation to these sleeping problems for an older patient / client suffering from dementia, as well as patient and carer advice. Analysis of Dementia Overview The term dementia means a serious loss in memory and other intellectual abilities in a formally unimpaired person, further than what might be expected from normal ageing (Dhanani & Wilkins, 2008)....   [tags: Mental Health ]
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Dementia Praecox - In 1887 Dr. Emile Kraepelin identified schizophrenia for the first time in history. Dr. Kraepelin used the term "dementia praecox” which means “early dementia,” separating it from other forms of dementia usually occurring later in life. Kraepelin believed that “dementia praecox” was primarily a disease of the brain. In 1911, a Swiss psychiatrist by the name of Eugene Bleuler, was the first to use the term “schizophrenia” and the first to describe the symptoms as “negative” or “positive.” Bleuler believed that the name given by Kreapelin was misleading, since the disease was not part of dementia since it did not lead to mental deterioration in all cases and it could occur in young age as well as in old age....   [tags: essays research papers] 1638 words
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Dementia and Alzheimer's - Dementia and Alzheimer's During an average lifetime, one can expect to have at least occasional memory lapses from time to time. Usually it's something as simple as forgetting what you just did a few minutes ago, forgetting if you turned the stove off, or if you left your keys on the table or in the bathroom counter. Such lapses are relatively normal, but when they become a recurring theme, it's a more serious problem. As people age, it is natural for them to experience a mild degree of memory loss....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Dementia in Older Adults - Introduction This assignment critically discusses about dementia, a widespread disability among older adults today. It provides an introduction to dementia and analyses its prevalence in society. The various forms of dementias are elaborated with description about dysfunctions and symptoms. Nursing Assessment and Interventions are provided in the further sections which discusses about actions nurses should take on while evaluating patients and treating them. Finally, communication, an important Activity of Daily Living (ADL) is explored and patient/carer advice is presented so as to maintain good health conditions in the patient....   [tags: Mental Health ]
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Caring For Patients With Dementia - Caring for dementia involves a lot of patience and understanding. It should be dealt with audacity and flawlessness to ensure the vulnerable adults’ well-being. Aiding at home or care home required carers to be at their best, physically and emotionally. The responsibility can be distressing but it is rewarding as well since helping dementia adults in their day to day activities is a significant matter for them. However, carers need a pause as over duty can result to substandard nursing. The big question is: who take care for the carers of people with dementia....   [tags: Nursing]
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Edgar Allan Poe's Dementia - Edgar Allan Poe’s Dementia Several aspects of Edgar Allan Poe’s life are well known because of his popularity in American literature. Commonly known facts include, but are not limited to knowing that Poe greatly influenced the horror genre of writing, published many famous poems, and that he is credited with creating detective-fiction. One aspect of his life, however, is not as common. Poe suffered from a cognitive disorder presently known as dementia, which, in Poe’s case, worsened throughout his life....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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End Stage Dementia - When recalling his grandmother’s end-stage of life care, Greg A. Sachs, MD, a geriatrician of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, remembers that there has been little change in the care of patients with end-stage dementia in the past 30 years (Boyles, 2009). According to Sabat (2009), the need for improving the lives of patients with end-stage dementia; “constitutes a call to action that cannot and should not be ignored” (p. 1806). In this study, I will seek to discover changes that I can make in the daily care routines of cognitively impaired patients to decrease their stress levels....   [tags: Health, Diseases, Long Term Care] 1838 words
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An Overview of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia - Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia Intro/Overview Section of Disease Paper “Horribly tragic, scary, slow, sad, maddening, etc.” These are words some would use when asked what Alzheimer’s/dementia is. This answer is common to those who have watched loved ones suffer from this disease that ultimately lead to their passing. As defined in McGraw Hill Medical Dictionary, Alzheimer’s Disease is a ‘progressive neurologic disease of the brain that causes irreversible loss of neurons and eventual dementia characterized by loss of memory, impairment of judgment, decision making, language use, and awareness of surroundings’(pg....   [tags: Mental Health ]
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Falls Among Older Persons with Dementia - “Fall may be defined as an unexpected event in which the person comes to rest on the ground, floor, or lower level” (Struksness, Lindström, Lord, Slaasletten, Johansson, et al., 2011). In older populations, falls are quite common, but with a mental illness such as dementia, the problem is worsened. This cross-sectional study showed that the most common causes of falls reported by nursing staff were individual factors like physical impairment and mental impairment. Background: Falls are a common cause of death for people over the age of 65....   [tags: Healthcare]
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Etiology of HIV-Associated Dementia - Etiology of HIV-Associated Dementia The etiologic agents of the neurologic disease associated with HIV and AIDS are many. Opportunistic infections- cryptococcus, toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus, are a few of the organic causes of neurologic disease in AIDS patients, but will not be the main focus of this paper. The human immunodeficiency virus in itself is implicated in much of the neurological manifestations of the disease, and it is the effects of the presence of the virus within the central nervous system which is of interest to me in this paper....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Restlessness and Agitation in People With Dementia - Restlessness and Agitation in People With Dementia Restlessness and agitation are common in people with dementia. Cohen M et al (1986) attempted to define restlessness and agitation as " inappropriate verbal, vocal or motor activity" associated by 29 behaviors including general restlessness, constant attention seeking, complaining, negativism, pacing and screaming. In my nursing placement I experienced a case of vascular dementia. The name of patient, the name of the ward and hospital should remain unmentioned in the essay in order to maintain confidentiality....   [tags: Papers] 1502 words
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Quality of Life of Spouses Caring for Loved Ones with Dementia - ... Unfortunately the care-givers often don’t want to share their “burden” with others thus isolating themselves further. Theoretical Framework guiding the investigation: Lazarus and Folkman Transactional Theory of Stress and Coping (TTSC) were utilized for the research. In the 1960s and 1970s Richard Lazarus, a psychologist, defined stress as viewed as a transaction dependent on significance of the experience to the perceiver. (Lazarus, 1966; & Antonovsky, 1979). In 1966 Richard Lazarus wrote landmark book Psychological Stress and the Coping Process....   [tags: Family Caregivers]
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Nursing Care Issues and the Frail Elderly: Dementia - Walking into the room hearing the conversation could not be helped. Two elderly patients were conversing, one was talking about experiences in World War II and the other was listening intently. When questioned as to what they were discussing and why, the answer received was one that surprised and saddened. The patient telling the story explained “Sometimes my friend forgets all about the past, so I sit here and tell my stories and then it helps my friend remember.” The other patient replied “that is right, there are days I just can’t remember anything and my friend here….remembers everything and tells me all about it”....   [tags: Nursing Profession, Nursing Career]
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Understanding What Keeps Dementia Sufferers Awake at Night - Understanding What Keeps Dementia Sufferers Awake at Night Sleep disturbance is a very common and very problematic symptom of dementia. New research indicates that causes of this sleep disturbance may differ in different kinds of dementia. Hopefully, understanding these causes will lead to better treatments. Dementia is a term used to refer to a loss of thinking abilities. Although there are many causes of dementia, it is most often associated with aging. The most common cause of dementia associated with aging is Alzheimer's disease, which affects approximately one in 10 people over age 65 and nearly half of those over age 85....   [tags: Papers] 639 words
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AIDS and The Nervous System: A Focus On The AIDS Dementia Complex - AIDS and The Nervous System: A Focus On The AIDS Dementia Complex Infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the biologic agent of the AIDS syndrome, has emerged as one of the most important threats to public health in the United States and its incidence is rapidly increasing. A highly lethal disease with over 70% of AIDS patients dying within 2 years of diagnosis. This disease has already become the leading cause of death in men aged 25-44 and women aged 25-34. The Centers for Disease Control have for the purpose of epidemiological surveillance, defined AIDS as a "reliably diagnosed disease that is at least moderately indicative of an underlying cellular immunodeficiency in a person who has no underlying cause of cellular immunodeficiency nor any other cause of reduced resistance reported to be associated with that disease." [5] The pathophysiology of HIV is indicative of a retrovirus....   [tags: AIDS Disease Diseases Essays]
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Factors, Symptoms and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease - Alzheimer Disease 1 Alzheimer Disease Introduction This research paper will examine factors, signs of symptoms, treatment, when to visit a doctor and how to care for a love one with Alzheimer disease. In the early stages of the disease, scientists have estimated that 500,000 people in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s that have Alzheimer disease or a related dementia. Younger individuals may have problems with memory, thinking and concentration....   [tags: Dementia, medical, nursing, medicine] 940 words
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High Cholesterol - Evidence is increasing concerning an association among vascular risk factors in midlife with an increased risk of both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia decades later (citation). Diverse studies have found total cholesterol measured in midlife to be a significant predictor of subsequent dementia (Whitmer et al., 2005), mild cognitive impairment (Kalmijn et al., 2000) or cognitive decline (Kivipelto et al., 2001). Total cholesterol on midlife was also associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in some studies (Kivipelto et al., 2001) and especially with concomitant hypertension (Beeri et al., 2009)....   [tags: Health, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease] 446 words
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Caring for Older People - Caring for older people highlights many special and difficult issues for nurses and carers, such as separation, illness, loneliness, death and how to provide continued care (Morrissey et al, 1997). This essay discusses the strategies of care delivered for an older person with dementia during my recent clinical placement. Discussions will focus on normal ageing process taking into account the relevant biological, sociological and physiological perspectives and the impact this had on this individual’s life experience....   [tags: Health Care, Diseases, Dementia] 1752 words
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Pathophysiology, Progression, and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease - ... A point of interest in Alzheimer’s research is the linking of early-onset familial Alzheimer’s to chromosome 21, which is the same chromosome involved in Down’s Syndrome. The possible relationship between the two diseases has been studied for quite a few years (Spremo-Potparevic, Živkovic, Plecas-Solarovic & Bajic, 2011). Chromosomal instability plays a role in both diseases (Spremo-Potparevic, Živkovic, Plecas-Solarovic & Bajic, 2011). Late-onset Alzheimer’s may be linked to chromosome 19. Scientists believe that late onset Alzheimer’s is multifactorial, meaning both genes and environment contribute to the development of the disease (NIH, 2012)....   [tags: dementia, elderly population, Alzheimer]
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Reading Difficulties in Patient AM Following the Development of Vascular Dementia - Reading Difficulties in Patient AM Following the Development of Vascular Dementia ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION Dementia was defined by Cummings et al. (1980) as 'an acquired, persistent impairment of intellectual function with compromise and at least of the following spheres of activity: language, memory, visuospatial skills, emotion or personality and cognition.' Dementia occurs as a series of subtypes, one of which is known as vascular dementia (Brown, 1993). Vascular dementia is a disease which is most commonly caused by impairment to the circulatory system of the brain following damage caused by a stroke (Alzheimer, Scotland., 2002)....   [tags: Papers] 7577 words
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Exploring the Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues of a Patient Being Hoisted in Chronic Pain - ... The degree of injury depends on the vulnerability of the person being hoisted, the consequence of the accident and what the person makes contact with i.e. falls and hits the ground (HSE, 2012). Hoisting William when he is in pain would, undoubtedly, have potential risks even more so when he’s anxious and agitated. Manual handling is defined as any transporting or supporting of a load (Griffith and Stevens, 2003). It is by law under the Management of Safety at Work Regulations (1999), that manual handling risk assessments should be carried out on patients who cannot move independently to identify the hazards and complications that may put the patient and provider in danger (in (Finney and Thwaites, 2006) and (Griffith and Stevens, 2003)....   [tags: nurse, student, care, healthcare, dementia]
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Escape Through Dementia in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Escape Through Dementia in The Yellow Wallpaper     Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-paper" is an excellent story on several levels. It works as a suspenseful thriller about the effects of mental illness. It also serves to make several points about feminism and the pervailing attitudes of her time. John, the husband, serves as a metaphor for masculine views of the time, and for the masculine side of humans, the side of reason and logic. "John is practical in the extreme. He has no patience with faith, an intense horor of superstition, and he scoffs openly at any talk of things not to be felt and seen and put down in figures" (1658)....   [tags: The Yellow Wallpaper Essays]
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Atonement Response - ... Briony states to Cecelia, “What I did was terrible, I don’t expect you to forgive me” to which Cecelia replies, “Don’t worry…I won’t ever forgive you” (318). Without any chance of forgiveness, Briony still stays and agrees to carry out Robbie and Cecelia’s requests. In the London, 1999 section, an older Briony reveals that this meeting with Cecelia and Robbie never occurred. In fact, they had both died, Robbie from septicemia and Cecelia from the London bombing. In this scenario that Briony created, she had agreed to withdraw her statements, tell her parents the truth, and write a letter to Robbie with every ounce of detail from the night of Lola’s rape....   [tags: Ian McEwan,novel, writier, vascular dementia]
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Alzheimer’s Disease - Alzheimer’s Association (2010) explains that Alzheimer’s disease is a brain’s disease which affects the way people think, remember and behave. Finally, people living with Alzheimer’s do not know themselves; do not able to perform everyday activities, which means that they always have to be under control. All of these are caused by improper function of the brain. This disease leads to the death. Nowadays, the 7th cause of death in United States of America is Alzheimer’s disease. There is no method of curing yet, but it was proved that life of people living with the disease and caregivers can become better if good care and aid are provided during the whole period of the illness (Alzheimer’s Association, 2010)....   [tags: Mental Health, Medicine, Demencia] 1145 words
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The Aging Brain - The Aging Brain Why does the human brain age. Brain aging is a part of human life and a big part of society as the awareness for brain aging increases. Over time memory tends to become less efficient as we age and the neurons in the brain decreases (Bendheim, P.E. (2009). By 2050 in the US, 20 percent of the population will be 65 years or older. And as the elderly population increases, so will the incidence of age-related neurological disorders (Perlmutter, David. (2004). Therefor it is important to understand the aging brain, and how to keep the brain functioning as one ages....   [tags: Mental Health ]
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Memory - I. Introduction II. Dementia Senility is a misused term for the loss of ability to think, reason, and remember in older persons. Senility is not a medical condition; it is not normal, natural, or inevitable with aging; it is not limited to older people either. The term senility is replaced in most of my pertinent research by the medical term dementia, which seems to describe a group of symptoms that represent a change or deterioration from an individual's previous level of functioning (Tueth, 1995)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Three Stages of Alzheimer's - Alzheimer’s is most likely formed by other symptoms called dementia. Dementia is not an actual disease, but has a vast range of symptoms which are precursors to many types of diseases. When dementia is detected in an individual their memory tends to decline and it becomes a hassle to complete everyday duties. When diagnosing individuals there are a series of steps taken in order to see if the individual progressed to dementia and also which disease caused those symptoms to take effect. These stages are preclinical, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia....   [tags: Disease, Disorders] 1401 words
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Alzheimer’s Disease - Alzheimer’s disease defined: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive, terminal, degenerative brain disease. It is the fourth leading cause of death in adults and currently affects over four million people in the United States. This number is expected to increase over the next several years as the baby boomers age, until it reaches fourteen million by the year 2025. Alzheimer disease generally occurs in people over seventy five years of age; however it does strike people in their forties, fifties, and sixties, but this is rare....   [tags: Health] 2552 words
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Music Making Across Ages - ... It is apparent that music is an influential and vital factor for at risk student’s learning process to be successful in any curriculum (Shuler). In addition to benefiting at risk youth, music ultimately assists as a positive entity for pain control, anxiety reduction, stress, anger, agitation, and improving stress for victims of Alzheimer’s and dementia (Lee Jung-Sook). Early Victims of dementia are difficult to depict from those without dementia. They repeat questions, and their memory becomes slightly distorted....   [tags: Creative Music, Health]
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Alzheimer's Disease - Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a progressive degenerative disease of unknown aetiology, as first described by Alois Alzheimer (1907). According to Shoenberg et. al (1987), it is the commonest cause of dementia in the elderly with an incidence ranging from 2.5 to 5 per thousand. Furthermore, this incidence has grown in recent years as a result people generally living longer. The disease is incurable at present but there are drug treatments that delay the symptoms in the early stages....   [tags: Papers] 2881 words
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Exploring Alzheimer's Disease - Exploring Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders requires several criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's dementia. These include impairment in memory, disturbances in cognitive and executive functioning, and impairment in occupational or social functions. Cognitive disturbances may include one or more of the following: aphasia, apraxia, and agnosia. Cognitive deficits must demonstrate decline from previous levels of functioning and are characterized by gradual onset....   [tags: health medicine]
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Making Decisions: A Case Study - ... The introduction of Marjorie and her family to the idea of Arnstein’s ‘a ladder of participation’ (Arnstein, 1969) has encouraged them to become engaged in ways that participate in positive care planning. This is central to a concept of person-centred care and the role of personhood. Kitwood (1997) says the principles of good dementia care are applied to the understanding of social and emotional needs of people with dementia. It was agreed that Marjorie would stay with us and we agreed to focus on issues surrounding her communication and participation....   [tags: Inclusion, Communication, Well Being]
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Pathology and Current Treatment of the Alzheimer's Disease - Pathology and Current Treatment of the Alzheimer's Disease Introduction One of the most feared aspects of aging is the deterioration of the memory and cognitive function (dementia) that occurs among the elderly with increasing frequency with advancing years. A significant proportion of otherwise healthy elderly persons show a significant decline in mental function later in life. It has been estimated that 10% of the population over the age of 65 suffers from mild to moderate dementia and 4-5% suffer from severe dementia....   [tags: Health Medical Medicine Essays]
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Neuropathology of AIDS - Neuropathology of AIDS Since its discovery in 1981, AIDS has mainly been characterized as a disease effecting the bodying immune system. It has been recognized, however, that there are distinct neurological pathologies associated with the disease. AIDS neuropathology can be characterized by the existence of subcortical dementia, motor difficulties, and affective disorders. Most AIDS patients experience dementia of one form or another. It has been observed that approximately 95% of AIDS patients brain’s show signs of damage, and 60% of patients develop dementia of one degree or another....   [tags: Health Medicine Medical Diseases Essays]
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Rising Incidence of Alzheimer's Disease - Alzheimer’s disease is the most common dementia that destroys brain cells and causes problems with memory, thinking and behaviour. According to recent statistics (Alzheimer's Association, 2010), Alzheimer’s is the 7th-leading cause of death in the USA with the number of people suffering from AD only in America over 5.3 million. It affects more women than men, causing differences in symptoms depending on gender. There is no cure which can guarantee a recovery for diseased people to date. However, more possible cures exist for diseased females....   [tags: Mental Health]
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Alzheimers Disease - ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE We are currently living in the age of technology. Our advancements in the past few decades overshadow everything learned in the last 2000 years. With the elimination of many diseases through effective cures and treatments, Canadians can expect to live a much longer life then that of their grandparents. In 1900 about 4% of the Canadian population was over the age of 65. In 1989 that figure tripled to 12% and the government expects that figure to rise to 23% by the year 2030 (Medical,1991,p.13)....   [tags: essays research papers] 2696 words
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Care Planning: Making Decisions That Involve Everyday Participation and Communication. - Communication The biomedical approach to assessments and care planning seem to be the accepted form of communicating physical needs from a hospital environment. Certainly, all the people we have admitted to the home in the past ten years arrived with a plan of care that was medically led, if it is even supplied at all. Therefore, it is possible to argue , that a plan of care focused on the influential abilities of a person with dementia would be more than helpful in comparison to the medical diagnose....   [tags: Communication ]
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Alzheimer's Disease - Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer’s disease is the disease of the century. This disease is affecting many lives, families, and caregivers. This research presented is to help educate on the topic of Alzheimer’s disease, which many people aren’t aware enough about. Statistics are given to show how extreme this disease is, and how many people it’s affecting in society. Also statistics are presented that give the amount of money being spent relating to Alzheimer’s disease. This research explains the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease....   [tags: Papers] 2412 words
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Better Sleep for the Elderly - The elderly population has been increasing over the past decade and now with the baby boomers entering into this population it only applies more pressure to an ever increasing dilemma on how to improve their health. Sleep is essential to a person’s well being and cognitive function. Research studies have shown that there is significant decline in a person’s cognitive function when they do not receive an adequate night’s sleep. The secret to aging healthfully is getting enough sleep to allow the body to heal and rejuvenate from the day’s experiences and traumas....   [tags: Health, Geriatrics]
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Still Alice by Lisa Genova - ... As a granddaughter, Lisa Genova was heartbroken. However, as a neuroscientist, she was fascinated and wanted to understand more about this disease. She read everything she could find in the scientific literature about the causes of Alzheimer’s, and she read many books about how to care for someone with dementia. The author learned a great deal. However, she couldn’t find a satisfying answer to the question that kept coming up as she watched her grandmother. “What does it FEEL like to have Alzheimer’s?” This curious question, unanswerable by her grandmother, who was too far along to communicate an answer to this question, (but someone in the earliest stages could) was the seed for writing Still Alice....   [tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Novel Anlysis]
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