Alzheimer's Disease Case Study Assignment

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Age Group: 65-75
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Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive disease, meaning memory loss is mild in the beginning, but it worsens over time to the extent that individuals are unable to have conversations or respond to their surroundings. A group of brain disorders that causes the loss of intellectual and social skills brain cells degenerate and die causing a steady decline in the memory and mental function. The likelihood of having Alzheimer’s increases tremendously after the age of 70. There are no genetic risk factors and Alzheimer’s disease is more prevalent in African Americans and Hispanics.
Some of the problems of this disease is:
Memory lapses
ADL’s
Medication management Social participation
Inability to remember recent
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The purpose of the Timed up and Go it helps the client with balance and fall risk in older adults, the client sits in a chair with her back against the chair back, and on GO the client is to rise from the chair and walk 3 meters at a comfortable and safe pace, turn and come back to chair and sit while being timed when the client is back in her seat the observer stops the watch. She performed this task with a standard walker and without she was successful with the walker she got a 1 and without the walker she had some trouble she scored 3. The purpose of the Allen cognitive level test is the client is having issues with remembering to take her medications and her other ADL’s it provides her opportunities to be observed with global cognitive processing capacities, learning potential, and performance abilities and to detect unrecognized or suspected problems related to functional cognition. The client is to demonstrate this task with a piece of leather and needle to see if they can follow directions and concentrate. The administrator holds the leather with running stitch at top edge so its facing both the client and administrator. Holding leather in front of the person so both sides can be seen, the client takes the needle and pushes it through the next hole and pulls the thread through the hole. Then keep pushing the needle through and pulling the thread through tighten it up without skipping any holes. The client was able to complete the running stitch, so her activity was increased to whip stitch and she had some problems with completing this task. Client’s global cognition is a 3.6 she performs in a spontaneous way to tactile cues; repetitive actions demonstrate awareness of material objects but lacks cause and effect of goal. Attention span is short, and actions is unpredictable. She requires moderate assistance to refocus attention, and close supervision to provide the
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