These changes in cognition over a period of time or a lifetime are called cognitive aging. This process differs in extent between individuals and it is among the most feared aspects of growing old. Research on cognitive changes within the lifetime of human beings is gravely concerned with the basic processes such as learning or memory, as well as with the complex higher order processes of language and intellectual competence or executive functioning. The majority of studies in the field of cognitive aging are concerned with explaining the mechanism of cognitive decline with advancing age, and how to stimulate and improve cognitive abilities among older aged people.
When she knew she is early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, she wanted to kill herself since her memories are eventually disappearing. It must be the hardest time she has ever experienced. As the disease progress, she tends to be frustrated. In this situation, she is not possible to love herself, however she could keep having self-love surrounded by great family and fruitful fellows. Additionally, there is dramatic scene later in the story that Alice gives speech at the Dementia Care
Kitchens, S. A., Rosén, L. A., & Braaten, E. B. (1999). Differences in anger, aggression, depression, and anxiety between ADHD and non-ADHD children. This study examines four different attributes between children with ADHD and children without it. This contributed to help understand the different emotions that associate with the diagnoses of ADHD.
I believe that the solutions are effective because a lot of people are not able to afford care services for their parents or grandparents although they wish to take care of seniors. Also, some people do not understand the importance of giving attention and listening to elderly’s views. This book parallels with the course objectives of our HSM 220, “Aging in America” class. We learned that aging population is growing rapidly, and there is a need to promote well-being for age-wise citizens in our society. The Age of Dignity book helps us understand the aging process and encourages us to appreciate the multi-disciplinary approach to health of the elderly.
The movie “The Notebook” is based on the best selling novel written by Nicholas Sparks. The love story that this film tells is an absolutely beautiful one. And although I cry each time, I enjoy over and over. The Notebook is about an elderly man (Noah) who is telling the story of his life to the one he loves, his wife (Allie). Allie has irreversible dementia which has been caused by her having Alzheimer’s Disease.
The film brings out the loss of self-esteem and doubts in mind, which accompany the disease, as Alice exhibits difficulty in coming to terms with the disease. In addition to bringing the issue of testing the other members of the family for AD, the film makes an effort to enlighten about the close care that ought to be provided to one diagnosed with early-onset AD. This film would inform the study on early onset of AD, as it presents the experiences and care associated with the condition. Koedam, E. L., Lauffer, V., van der Vlies, A. E., van der Flier, W. M., Scheltens, P., & Pijnenburg, Y. A.
By the end of the story, she rips off the yellow wallpaper and kills her husband. Similar to this is the story of Edna in the novel ‘The Awakening’ by Kate Chopin. This story highlights the life of a woman who is trying to gain independence in a trapped society where it is impossible for women in that type of culture to be free. Society plays a major role in her story as the society oppresses her in such a way that results in a tragic ending. The story of the women in the ‘Yellow Wallpaper’ and Edna in the novel ‘The Awakening’ share the same type of a story.
In the novel, Alice learns that life with Alzheimer's has meaning and she is not worthless. Readers will see the struggle Alice goes through to make this realization, but that is the great premise of the novel. The novel does not alleviate the effects of the disease and shows how hard it is to live with the disease. The theme is best expressed through one of Alice’s last speeches, “And I have no control over which yesterdays I keep and which ones get deleted....My yesterdays are disappearing, and my tomorrows are uncertain, so what do I live for? I live for each day.
A considerable volume of her patients had short-term memory loss. These patients had diverse backgrounds: the elderly with and without Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia; the middle-aged with brain injury, and the young ones with mental health problems. Commonly short-term memory loss is discussed more in the elderly and patients with dementia; however, she enlightened me on short-term memory loss in the middle aged and young as well. Steptin emphasized that short-term memory loss in the elderly is attributable to a genetic predisposition, disuse atrophy (lessened brain use hence loss of brain cells); as well as due to decreased physical activity. This can be intensified by depression, inadequate nutrition and dehydration.
Ethically, it is a nurse’s duty to prioritize patient care and provide alternatives when their wishes interfere with the doctor’s preferences. It is important to incorporate the patient’s beliefs into care that is best for them. The Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements states, “The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient” (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2015, p.468). This provision discusses the importance of a patient’s right to privacy, being fully educated, the right to safety, and to be fully protected from impaired practices (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2015, p.471-472). A professional nurse should provide privacy and is a right to all recipients of care.