Alzheimer's Disease Essay 7

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Alzheimer’s Disease

SOC 313
Katherine Malish
February 7, 2011

Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. “Its onset is generally insidious, with gradual deterioration of cognitive function, eventually resulting death.” (Falvo, D. 2009, pg. 226). Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia among people age 65 and older. “Nearly 70 percentages of all dementias are Alzheimer’s, and over 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s.”(www.alz.org). This disease is not just a disease that happens to older people, but there is a small percentage that can also affect those in their 30s. One of the greatest risk factors that increase the cause of
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While caring for patients with Alzheimer’s the first thing I learned was that each patient experiences Alzheimer’s differently. Each day was a new experience for me, and when caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s there’s no one way to care for them. As a caregiver it is important to find effective and simple solutions that work for you. The facility had five units that were set up by the stages of the disease. I was assigned to unit D which was the unit for patient that suffered with moderately severe to very severe stages of Alzheimer’s. I was assigned to six to eight patients each shift. My duties were to provide daily care such as, activities, bathing, grooming, feeding, and transporting patients to and from bed. When caring for patients that are in the moderately or late stage of Alzheimer’s you really have to care for them as if they were a small child. When bathing a patient I learned to have all my products ready and available to make bathing time simpler. It is very important to make sure the bathroom is warm and that the bathroom is equip with a grab bar it helps if the patient has the urge to hold on, and it prevents fidgeting. It’s also important to use a different washcloth for bathing, and face washing, make sure the water temperature is adjusted correctly, and also make sure the floor is completely dry before the patient steps out of the shower. To prevent slip and

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