Case Study Alzheimer’s
HSC/245 Intro to Health and Disease
September 8, 2014
Case Study: Alzheimer’s
Case Study Chapter 21
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills with noticeable behavioral changes. (Alzheimer’s foundation, 2014). In the case of Jenny’s grandma, she states her grandmother is confused, forgets and is often short tempered; these are among the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Early stages can include mood and personality changes, poor judgment, difficulty with words or memory, trouble ...view middle of the document...
Other than the actual physical effects there are the mental aspects of the disease. The depression and the confusion, the behavioral issues that accompany Alzheimer’s. As the disease progresses, many become violent and there are some who never suffer from the extreme behavioral issues. Many people who have family members who have had this disease will too get it, genetic studies have shown a direct link between family members. (Genetics of dementia, 2014). Alzheimer’s impacts not only immediate family members, but our extended family and our communities as well. It’s estimated that 5.2 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s disease in 2014. This disease affects women more than mean. (Facts and Figures, 2014). There is a lot of research being put into finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, for Jenny she could seek out support groups in her local area. There are a number of websites available for help and the status of current research regarding Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s association (http://www.alz.org/alzheimers) has many...