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Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

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As people get older, they become hard of hearing, their thought process is slower, and become somewhat forgetful. However, forgetfulness is not a normal part of the aging process, regardless of the stigma. Dementia is an irreversible, slow cognitive deteriorating disease, Alzheimer’s disease being the most common (Casey, 2012). The cure hasn’t been discovered and neither its prevention. However, scientists have shined some light, in the recent years, as to which factors might be causing this disease, but there is still a great amount of information missing. With the increase of life expectancy and the baby Boomer generation, the healthcare field is expecting an increase demand for nurses, as well as the need for more nursing homes or long term facilities for many elderly adults with dementia for the years soon to come. Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is a life-changing event not only for the elderly, but also for their families. The powerlessness related to being diagnosed with a deteriorating disease affect both the patient and the family, and can be somewhat eased by providing as much information to them as possible. It’s important for them to become informed about this disease so they will be prepared for the life-changing process waiting to happen.
Epidemiology
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, is the sixth leading cause of death in adults in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013). The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in elderly 65 years or older is 1 in 9 in the country. It is estimated that approximately 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, which are mostly women, and the amount will increase with the baby Boomer generation (Alzheimer’s Association, 2...

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