Essay on Alzheimer's Disease

813 Words Oct 28th, 2013 4 Pages
Topic: Alzheimer’s Disease
Specific Purpose: To help my audience understand what Alzheimer’s Disease is.
Thesis Statement: The need to educate people on Alzheimer’s Disease for family members or friends in-case a loved one is diagnosed.
Introduction:
A. What would one do if their family member or friend knew of someone who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease? What would they do to help or take care of this family member? Well, I work in a nursing home with the elderly with this disease every day. It can be a challenge for the family member who may not understand, but with a little education on Alzheimer’s Disease, it can help the family member see the world through the patient’s eyes.

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Alzheimer’s disease progresses in stages over 8 to 10 years. These stages are Mild, Moderate, and Severe Alzheimer’s Disease.
a. Mild Alzheimer’s Disease includes memory loss, trouble naming items, getting lost easily, and may have personality changes.
b. Moderate stages include poor memory recognition, trouble handling tasks, have a hard time dressing, may argue, be depressed, worried, and even wonder off.
c. In the last stage, people with severe Alzheimers have problems eating, talking, and not recognizing family members. They must rely on caregivers to handle their most basic needs, such as holding their heads up to eat.
(As you can see, it is important to understand what Alzheimer’s Disease is, So now, let me give you some safety tips on caring for the Alzheimer’s patient)
C. Finally, Alzheimer’s Disease can also be dangerous as far as safety. To keep your loved one safe in the home, there are several things that can be done.
a. First, try to see the home through the patients eyes. Keep in mind that the Alzheimer patient perceives object and colors differently than we do.
b. Make sure the home is free from clutter and other dangerous materials. “Kiddie gates” should not be used, because they can’t hold an adults weight.
c. Another safety pre-caution to take would be to always have a fire extinguisher and detector in the home. Fires can easily be started if pre-cautions are not taken.
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