Alzheimer's Disease Health Promotion Case Study

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Running Head: GENDER, CULTURE, AND DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES Alzheimer 's Disease Health Promotion Case Study Part 2: Gender, Culture, and Developmental Stages February 18,1999 Gender, Culture, and Developmental Stages Introduction This section will discuss the impact of Alzheimer 's disease on racial, cultural, and gender variables, with the focus being on the various approaches to care of the disease. Developmental stages and tasks will be discussed for both the client and the caregiver. Gender and Culture Alzheimer 's disease and related dementias affect all races, ethnicities and cultures equally. (Anonymous, 1998) Of people over 65 an estimated 6-10% will be affected by some form of dementia. (Hendrie, 1998) It is only…show more content…
Despair comes from losing that independence to illness or economics, and losing friends to infirmity and death. With dementia, independence is lost. The unreliability of short-term memory and confusion makes it difficult to be around the person. and leads to more isolation from friends. Support and comfort come from praising the tasks that can be accomplished and offering frequent reminders of place and time. The primary caregiver for the Alzheimer patient is often the spouse or the adult offspring. The spouse who is also facing developmental tasks of ego integrity versus despair, can easily become depressed and disheartened by the loss of an intact partner. The spouse may also have to cope with his/her own medical needs and feel caught up in a never-ending spiral to the grave. Support groups such as the Alzheimer 's Association focus a great deal of attention on the caregiver for just these reasons. Talking about one 's circumstances and meeting others with similar concerns is very helpful in maintaining a positive perspective. When the adult offspring of the patient becomes the primary caregiver, that person 's developmental tasks may also be impaired. The tasks of middle adulthood according to Erikson are " generativity versus self-absorption and stagnation." (Boyd,
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