Sometimes, dementia may have similar symptoms with other psychiatric diseases; however, medical specialists have developed a complex system to identify this illness. National Institute for Neurologial and Communicative Disorders and Stroke-Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association define dementia based on the following criteria: 1) decline in cognitive functioning; 2) low score on the neuropsychological test; 3) neuropsychiatric dysfunction in minimum two cognitive areas; 4) absence of delirium (Zahdi and Ham 59). The first criterion is crucial. In order to obtain the detailed history of decline in the patient’s cognitive functions, the specialists should interview a person who has known the patient for a relatively long time and can share detailed information about the person’s cognitive disabilities and the time they started. Such cognitive dysfunctions may include
Most Alzheimer’s patients have a hard time working with numbers or following a plan. For some people, a symptom can be having trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. This is a hard symptom to catch because the signs of aging and Alzheimer’s disease are similar. The next symptom is changes in mood and personality. A patient who is acting a certain way can change their mood without being provoked.
I am suspecting that Ms. N might possibly be suffering from UTI or Myocardial infarction. Necessary lab work up such as cardiac enzymes, cbc , urinalysis and culture, and diagnostic testing are important to have a full picture and understanding of the patient’s
It provides the opportunity for prompt evaluation of the patient and possibly administer tests and treatments for reversing and determining the causes of memory loss. In addition, early diagnosis provides time for patients and families to prepare for the future and most importantly it maximizes the patients opportunity to contribute to their own care planning process. As previously stated, the diagnosis of dementia most commonly takes place in the primary care setting. During primary care visits with older or elderly people the interactions tend to be brief and patients often present multiple health conditions that they are experiencing. It can be challenging for the physician to pin point those intersecting health concerns with Alzheimer’s if they are not properly trained to do so.
They explained the procedure of treating Dementia patients with the real life examples and also by supporting their opinions with the research. However, I think this research and real life examples are not enough for the reader to make a decision that either they should adopt this way of treatment for their loved ones or not. As a reader I would like to have more details on this kind of treatment. I would like to know how much private they keep all the information, pictures and videos of the patients in the tablets or computers. In the article they did not mention that for how long the patients can use these tablets or computers.
Student Name: Kayla Stradomski Course # and Section/Time: COMM 101 DAH; Monday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. Topic: Alzheimer’s disease General Purpose: To inform Specific Purpose Statement: To educate my audience on the aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. INTRODUCTION Attention Getter: Can you imagine your life if your memories and cognition slowly started deteriorating?
Topic: Dementia Written By: Roxanne Lim, Panchami Chandukudlu, Aditi, Jenny Sui Yuan Abstract: 1. Brief Outline Dementia, commonly referred to as senility, constitutes a vast branch of neurodegenerative disorders that affect the cognitive well being of an individual’s ability to think, remember and act. More commonly addressed in its chronic form, dementia is associated with a range of diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease, the most common form of dementia (making up to 70% of cases), Parkinson’s Disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and frontotemporal dementia. 2.
Dementia is one of the most feared diseases and expensive to society currently. It is defined as a clinical syndrome of acquired cognitive impairment that determines decrease of intellectual enough capacity to interfere social and functional performance of the individual and their quality of life. It is a known fact that patients tend to express themselves through their behaviour and expect their carers to understand this notion. The diverse kinds of causes of different behaviours are inability to communicate, difficulty with tasks, unfamiliar surroundings, loud noises, frantic environment, and physical discomfort. Many diseases can cause dementia, some of which may be reversible.
Alzheimer’s is a disease that not only affects the patients emotionally, but those who love and care for them. To start off, I would like to give some background information about the Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s disease is a disease commonly, but not always, found, in the elder’s population. It is not
2.1: Explain the importance of recording possible signs or symptoms of dementia in an individual in line with agreed ways of working? The Impact of early diagnosis allows the individual with dementia as well as their family members and friends to accept help so they can understand and adjust with the individual with dementia. This helps individual statute of their other conditions that may have similar symptoms to dementia and that may be treatable before it gets very serious e.g. depression, chest and urinary tract infection which is also known as UTI. This may also help statute out the other possible causes of confusion e.g. poor eyesight, hearing, emotions, side effects of certain medications that they may be taking.
This study can lead to focusing on more specific sectors of care such as a dementia care unit. My focus on nursing homes and assisted living facilities could easily be mimicked in home care, hospitals, hospice and other avenues of caring for sick or elderly people. Awareness found through the practice of research is a helpful way to improve health care for people of all ages and
This will really help them in the reduction of cognitive decline. Even patients without AD are helped if self-care is encouraged to keep them active both physically and cognitively. The self-care deficit and the nursing system theories will be variable if the patient is incapable of meeting their needs and then will help either partially or totally. But physical activities are promoted either by walking with the patient or if bedbound, range of motions should be performed daily by the nurse. The theory is all about giving quality nursing care to the patients especially the elderly.
There are ranges of specialists who work on the rehabilitation team, each member of the team has a goal to help patient with a focus of promote QOL. The Case Managers are will be the primary contact person, with whom patient and family/caregiver can direct raise matters and ask for information. It is advised that a neuropsychologist should conduct a cognitive and behavioural/emotional assessment. Cognitive include perception and awareness, orientation, memory, though processing, problem solving, personality and decision making. Behavioural/emotional include emotional status, mood changes, adjustment difficulties, personality changes, inappropriate sexual behaviour, motivation level, substances misuse, depression, anxiety and psychosis.
Several medical interventions have benefited the patients very little and are prolonging their suffering. Although heroic measures could save people from death, the patients’ suffering with Alzheimer’s still continues. Heroic measures might help in the meantime, but cannot change the patient 's fate with this incurable disease. Alzheimer’s disease slowly drains the quality of life of the patient.