1. The author’s article, “Alzheimer’s Time Bomb”, tells about how many people will be struggling with Alzheimer’s in the next 50 years and how it will effect our country since there is no cure. 2. The author writes about this to make people more aware of Alzheimer’s and the fact that not as much effort is being put into making a cure as there should. They say, “the federal government in 2012 unveiled its first ever "National Plan to Address Alzheimer 's Disease." The plan pours $600 million a year into research, testing, and treatment...this influx of money still leaves Alzheimer 's funding lagging way behind that for HIV and cancer, which receive $3 billion and $5.3 billion a year, respectively”. 3. Beginning In the beginning they shape their argument by giving numbers of how many people do and may suffer from Alzheimer’s and how it is caused. “More than 5.3 million people in the U.S. …show more content…
End They shape their argument in the end by saying how the government does not put nearly as much money as they do towards other diseases and that there is a possible cure in testing. “In March, biotechnology company Biogen unveiled an anti-amyloid called aducanumab, or "adu" — the first drug that has substantially reduced the brain plaque associated with Alzheimer 's in a human trial”. 4. The author uses a serious tone by giving facts that portray the need for a cure. 5. Alzheimer’s is relevant even to our generation. Alzheimer’s is affecting people and those people could be our grandparents. I couldn’t imagine my grandma not remembering who I was. Our parents would have to take care of them too. If we don’t find a cure it would be a downward spiral of more people being affected, not just with the disease, but with the stress of caring for loved ones. 6. Influx- an arrival or entry of large numbers of people or things There is an influx of people every morning when students arrive at school. Adrift- without purpose or guidance; lost and confused Sometimes I feel adrift in
Callahan wants us to understand a new perspective of old age; we must know the meaning of the human life cycle and have limits when spending money in addition to programs to prolong life with no value (Callahan, p.592). Extended life shouldn’t be the worry, the worry should be the quality of the elderly person’s life and how one can make it better now and as painless as possible. The goal that should be in mind is to give meaning to elderly life by making it a “decent and honorable time” (Callahan,
In fact, opinions tend to wildly shift over the past few millennia. During the Greco-Roman period, symptoms aligning with Alzheimer’s were considered to be a normal process during aging and was expected. Pythagoras, a Greek physician who lived during the 7th century BC, divided the human life span into five separate stages, the last of which being old age, in which he claimed that “the system returns to the imbecility of the first epoch of infancy” (Feldman). With the rise of the Middle Ages came a decline in the role science played in the social context of Alzheimer’s. The church at the time asserted that “disease was a punishment for sin”, which tied into the witch hunts that were famous during these centuries (Feldman).
For our group’s final term paper, I’ve been working on the part that requires the application of Erikson’s psychosocial theory and Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological model to better understand and analyze the issue of dementia on older adults. From what I have gone through researching for my parts, I found the discourse of dementia has been dominated by a “medicalized” notion of dementia. Such “medicalized” notion has presented us and the general public a gloomy view of ageing: a horrible disease that only associated with irreversible deterioration of intellectual functioning, and that “nothing can be done” to it. For me, I had been fortunate not to have any personal experiences with dementia as no one in my family had this disease, but before
My grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in early 2005. Visiting him every few years, I could see his recognition abilities deteriorating as the disease progressed. Eventually, he reached the point where he nearly forgot everyone except the one person he had spent the most time with; his wife. At the time of his death in 2013, he was in the advanced stage of Alzheimer’s. My experience with my grandfather and realizing that although many people have to go through this, there is not much awareness of these diseases, inspired me to choose dementia as my topic of interest.
Considering the time, I realize how late I am, but anyway, I 'd like to recognize that today happens to be World Alzheimer 's day. If you don 't already know, Alzheimers is a common form of dementia primarily caused by changes in the brain. Obviously, what 'd I like to do is bring more awareness, and even an understanding of Alzheimers. So, I figured the best I could do is provide a way that allows people to help the millions of people living with Alzheimers.
Sometimes it takes time for an elderly to adjust to the changes surrounding them. I personally appreciate this assignment, I found out some new and interesting facts about my Great-Uncle. If I never conducted this interview I may have never knew certain information. One MAJOR concern I observed during the interview is the frequent pauses throughout the discussion. He stated that Alzheimer’s is something very common in his age group.
Alzheimer 's Disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that results in the victim losing his or her memory, bodily functions, and ultimately, life. It is a truly horrific disease that affects not only the patient, but his or her family. I was unfortunate enough to be in the family of such a patient for the first twelve years of my life. I would not wish this condition on anyone and would gladly dedicate my time and energy to bear witness to its end. My grandfather was an attorney in my hometown for many years and, contrary to popular belief about lawyers, was a decent and honest man.
From this assignment I learned that not all AAC devices have to include technology. I learned that Alzheimer’s disease is unique and constantly changing as the individual moves from stage to stage in the disease. I also learned that for the individual to be successful using an AAC device it requires a great deal of involvement from the caregivers. Another thing I learned is that because the caregivers are such an important part in the success of intervention in this population, it is important that we as professionals develop a relationship with the caregivers so they feel comfortable talking to us and providing us with the information we need to better intervention
As a result of medicalization, aging is now defined as a medical problem that requires medical solutions. We see examples of this through anti-aging techniques, health promotion discourses for older adults and in long term care homes. Over time, we have seen the shift towards the medicalization of Alzheimer’s disease (Chaufan et al., 2012). The reason for this shift has a lot to do with advances in science and medicine. The shift towards the medical model of Alzheimer’s disease has resulted in the characterization of this condition as both treatable and curable (Chafan et al., 2012).
I could use this by accurately describing the dangers of Alzheimer’s and the effects this disease has on
The world of medicine, historically, has impacted humanity in ways that may never have before seemed possible. What was once a death sentence, such as the flu or the common cold, has become easily treatable and no longer a threat to one’s life, coming to cause mere discomfort. Diseases such as cancer or even the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have become endurable with therapies and medications capable of prolonging one’s life. While those that are benefiting from such aids are eternally grateful for such availability, there are still a host of individuals opposing it. For a myriad of reasons, antagonistic parties strive to end what can mean salvation for those affected.
The computer technology of today has been used in medicine and has helped keep people alive a lot longer than in the past. Devices that have been developed such as pace makers, and diabetes trackers have helped elderly people live longer life spans. Today, elderly people are educated more with today’s technology, which is also helping them have longer life spans than before. Technology has advanced in many ways such as making new cures for dieses and combating against common medical issues people already have, especially the elderly. Even though technological inventors have created a variety of great goods for the elderly, there are many negative consequences to the elderly having access to advanced technology; also the argument if the elderly have a positive
The aging population play a major role in healthcare cost in the US. People are living longer than ever before in history. This is of huge significance because the elderly population receive services through publicly funded programs such as Medicaid and Medicare and although many adults are living longer, they usually have chronic and multiple health conditions which require frequent and longer visits to health establishments. This demographic is expected to double in population size by the year 2050, approximately 20% of the population will be 65 years and older. It affects the entire climate of healthcare, providers are concerned with the reimbursement rates which seem to keep decreasing and not keeping up with inflation, and with over half of the workforce in retirement, the people working pay most of the taxes which affects the amount available for funding these programs.
Today, our world is faced with many problems. Even though we see advancement in science, the quality of life is not resuming. There are many concerns when it comes to health. This is due to the fact that the number of diseases is multiplying every day and we can hear various new names of diseases at least once in a month. This is not a happy news, as the whole mankind is in a phase of extinction due to these diseases.