Alzheimer ’s disease
SOC 313 Social Implications of Medical Issues
August 8, 2011
Alzheimer’s disease is irreversible progressive brain disease that destroys memory and thinking skills. “Its onset is generally insidious that gradually deterioration of cognitive function and eventually resulting death.” (Falvo, D. 2009). Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia among older people from age 65 or older. “Nearly 70 percentages of dementias are Alzheimer’s, and over 4.5 million Americans have it” (www.alz.org). This disease happens in older people, but a small percentage that can affect those in their middle age.
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In both stages are known to deal with memory loss, confusion, and unable to finish their task. Those dealing with the early stage are more active, than those dealing with the late stage. Physicians have used many tools to diagnosis Alzheimer’s disease. A physician uses patient history, family history information, physical, neurological exams and lab test to help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.
In many cases a mental state exam is given to assess the person’s mental function by a series of exam questions and score by the physician evaluation of the person’s state of mind. MRI and Cat Scans are used to determine the shape and volume of the brain tissue. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s as of yet, but there are several different medications that can help reduce symptoms, and stop the disease from progressing.
A person with Alzheimer’s disease is very challenging, and calls for a lot of patience and caring. In 2003, In order to get a certification for Nursing Aid, the individual had to work in a nursing facility of Golden Living Center. Golden Living Center is for different patients that have all types of physical condition and diseases. One of the diseases was working with Alzheimer’ that is exclusively designed to accommodate patients with special needs, and those who also suffer from other disorders. The center is a long term care facility that offers assist living, independent living, and different Alzheimer’s facility. Golden Living Center offers many different programs for their patients like rehabilitation, respite care, Alzheimer’s support groups for the patients and their families, recreational, social activities, and social services. At Golden Living Center the patients have to receive 24 hours of care. It is a safe and supportive environment, and a family orient facility.
Working with patients that have Alzheimer’s, was a learning process and experiencing differently with each patient. Each day a new experience to caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s was no way a person could care for them. Being a caregiver was important to find effective and simple solutions that work for them. The facility had eight units that were set up by stages of the disease. Some was assigned with patients that suffered moderate severe stages of Alzheimer’s. Also some was assigned six patients each shift. The duties were to provide daily care such as, activities, bathing, grooming, feeding, and transporting patients to bed. When caring for patients that are moderately or late stage of Alzheimer’s had to be care for as they were a small child.
Bathing a patient were learned to have all my products ready and available to make bathing time simpler. It is very important to make sure the bathroom was warm and equip with a grab bar to help the patient hold on, and it prevents fidgeting. It was also important to use a different washcloth one for bathing, and the other one for face washing. The water temperature had to be adjusted correctly,...