Dementia The negative impact of dementia on the health and wealth of the world is growing. Dementia is a brain disease that cause a decrease in the ability of one person’s thinking and ability to remember. It affects the person’s daily activity. Dementia is a name or term given to a collaborating disorders characterized by memory imperilment.
AD progression & diagnosis The progression of Alzheimer's can be described through several main cognitive stages starting at no cognitive decline through too mild to moderate before progressing to a more severe form of the disease. The pathological process associated with AD occurs roughly 20-25 years before symptoms appear (Mullane & Williams 2013). When symptoms become predominant Alzheimer’s can be diagnosed through a standardized scale (Mini-Mental State Exam) or questionnaire (Functional Activities Questionnaire) which is used to assess cognition (Desai & Grossberg 2005). Increasingly neuroimaging such as CT, MRI or PET scans are being suggested and used as a means to screen and diagnose for Alzheimer’s (Avila 2006; Borson et al. 2013).
Elderly people need special attention. One of the common age-related problem that affects a person’s ability to think, decrease in daily functioning, and memory loss that gets worsen through time is what we called dementia. It commonly occurs to elderly but is not considered as a normal part of aging. Dementia is defined as: “a syndrome – usually of a chronic or progressive nature – in which there is deterioration in cognitive function (i.e. the ability to process thought) beyond what might be expected from normal ageing. It affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language, and judgement.
Adeline has had Alzheimer’s disease for six years now; she has been fighting hard but her disease is only getting worse. Her family has done all they could, getting her medicine, caregivers, and showing her great care themselves; but nothing will cure her dreadful disease. Her family is watching her slowing fall, further and further away each year, coming to realize one day they will lose their beloved Adeline to this horrific disease. Adeline no longer recalls who her grandchildren are, but her grandchildren and numerous others will forever remember her. Alzheimer’s disease is a “progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain.
I. Just imagine waking up one morning and not knowing or remembering anything you did yesterday or the past years of your life? Well that’s what people who have dementia go through. They cannot remember who their kids are or anyone around them. II. Dementia effects your memory and a person’s ability to achieve a normal everyday task and activities.
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurocognitive disorder which currently affects roughly 40 million people worldwide. Nevertheless, those statistics are rising due to a combined effect of the baby boomer generation and advanced medical treatment leading to longer life spans (Chumakov, et al., 2015). Diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease is two-fold. First, the criteria must be met for a Mild Neurocognitive Disorder as detailed in the Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5.In order to diagnose mild or major neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease the above criteria must be met as specified in the DSM-5.
You don’t know it 's Alzheimer’s until it hits you right in the face. Millions of people have Alzheimer’s. This forces other people such as family members or nurses to have to help many hours of the day, because the patients of Alzheimer’s can’t do things by themselves. Since the Baby Boomers of the 60s were born, there will be double the elders by the year 2050.People who haven’t experiences Alzheimer’s don’t realize how blessed they are. Alzheimer’s is a an awful disease.
Dementia Can you imagine what your life would be like if one of your loved ones could not recall memories you once shared or have the ability to fully take care of themselves? Their mind is no longer allowing them to properly function as they should, so they become forgetful. Dementia is a chronic irreversible condition which cannot be cured that changes the life and mind of the individual affected. The purpose of this paper is to inform you about the condition, how it affects the individual, and include patient centered care interventions for the patient. Dementia and its affects “Dementia is a broad term used to describe the progressive deterioration of cognitive functioning and global impairment of intellect with no change in consciousness”
Dementia is a tenacious disorder which causes the loss of one’s mental ability; affecting their speech, shrinking of the hippocampus (dictates movement between long term and short term memories in the brain, this engenders a myriad of problems: being certain that memories have already occurred, and confusing two memories with each other and the people within it. Dementia is a slow, obnoxious disease that eventually kills the patient. There are an estimated 850,000 civilians living in Britain that have Alzheimer’s disease: most common type of dementia. Despite those bewildering figures, there is still no cure for any type of dementia. Why is not enough done?
When an older person considers themselves forgetful, they normally don’t think very much of it. But in reality, it may be something a lot more serious that previously thought. This person may have dementia. Becky Kane was interviewed about her experiences dealing with people who were determined to have dementia. Dementia itself isn’t a disease, but in fact it describes a wide range of symptoms and diseases (“What Is Dementia?” 1).