Case Study

499 WordsNov 11, 20142 Pages
Mr. Speed is a 57-year-old gentleman who has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He is in the early stage of the disease at this point. Mrs. Speed is quite concerned about the progression of the disease, whether Mr. Speed can still be employed, if he can be left alone for several hours at a time, and what medications he will be required to take. How would you respond to her concerns? Is there other information that would be helpful to the Speeds? Where can they find more information about Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. These changes are severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life. At first you may be able to stay at home with mild supervision, but as Alzheimer’s progresses it is important to keep yourself and family safe. It might be a good idea to check out Assisted Living or Home Health Nurses. Alzheimer’s can also be hard on your family and loved ones. In Alzheimer's disease, the brain cells themselves degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function. Current Alzheimer's disease medications and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms. This can sometimes help people with Alzheimer's disease maximize function and maintain independence. At first, increasing forgetfulness or mild confusion may be the only symptoms of Alzheimer's disease that you notice. But over time, the disease robs you of more of your memory, especially recent memories. The rate at which symptoms worsen varies from person to person. Symptoms to keep an eye on: 1. Memory * Repeat statements and questions over and over, not realizing that they've asked the question before * Forget conversations, appointments or events, and not remember them later * Routinely misplace possessions, often putting them in illogical locations *

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