The importance of Support Groups for Caregivers of Dementia Patients Jamellia J. McFarlane Saint Leo University Introduction When a doctor tells an individual that they have dementia, this mean that their brain has a condition where they have problems with thinking and memory (Types of Dementia, 2005). As time progresses, dementia leads to loss of memory, loss of reasoning and judgment, personality and behavior changes, physical decline and death (Caring for a Person with Dementia, 2005). However, dementia patients are not the only ones who suffer from the progression of their condition. The care for dementia patient falls upon their families. While the family transitions into a caregiver role and the dementia patient needs are being met, how does the
Caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult job, but someone has to care for these unfortunate people. It takes a lot of love and compassion to care for patients with this disease. There is a certain type of knowledge and understanding to work with patients with this disease and it requires someone willing to learn and help care for patients that have it. In the long run, some patients may experience a prolonged and happier life with the right type of interventions in place.
A major devastating and debilitating disease, Alzheimer 's is a public health issue that affects not only the United States but also countries all around the world. In 2010, there were 35.6 million people living with Alzheimer’s. Researchers and medical personnel expect this number to triple by the year 2050. The disease is costing America an exorbitant amount of money and has become a burden on families, caregivers, medical personnel, the healthcare system, and the nation’s economy. If attention is not focused on this major problem, “nursing homes will be overloaded, caregivers will be burned out, healthcare system will be overwhelmed, and federal and state budgets will be overtaxed” (Alzheimer’s Association, 2011).
Everyday more and more people are effected by dementia. This disease is taking over the lives of innocent people around the world. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources have designed The National Plan to Address Alzheimer’ Disease. This plan focuses on many important areas greatly affected by this
Why is the disease of Alzheimer’s so relative to the chosen real world event topic and this course? Much of what will be covered in this class and the textbook, Health Care USA: Understanding its Organization and Delivery will correlate to the complex topic of Alzheimer’s Care. Upon review of the syllabus and Table of Contents, the three most interesting and relative chapters and topics include: Aging of America, long-term care, and research (Sultz & Young, 2011).
Namaste Alzheimer Center provides a residential memory care facility for older adults suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. From the staff, so far, I’ve met with the chaplain, administration, human services, and activities directors. Team collaboration and communication is definitely present as I visited each department. This past week I had the lovely pleasure of being affected by the miscommunication between human services and the rest of the staff. The director of administration, Michelle, wasn’t informed of the new volunteer/internship policy that CHI living communities recently updated to human’s services. Humans services, I presume, wasn’t informed that there was a new intern entering into the system. Thus, when
Running Head: EARLY ONSET ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Case Study of Early Onset Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type by Nico Mulder, Ph.D Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, Y University for Biological, Developmental & Scientific Basis of Behavior February 26, 2012 Abstract This paper reviews the use of cognitive rehabilitation treatment of early stage of dementia Alzheimer’s type. The case study examines a 72 year old male patient diagnosed with early stage dementia of Alzheimer’s Type. This study used visual imagery, as well as cues and expanding rehearsal during the cognitive rehabilitation. The evaluation of cognitive rehabilitation treatment included the psychological, physiological, neurological assessments and self-reports. Results
With these future projections of the incidence of AD, the financial cost of supporting the afflicted will be exorbitant as well. Lifetime societal costs for an individual afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease are “$174,000 in the United States” (Willett 13). The cost to businesses that “lose productivity of their employees who must care for their relatives afflicted with AD is 26 billion”(Willett 13). Economists also state, “the total cost to the United States per year for the care of AD patients is estimated to be 100 billion” (Willett 13). With these kind of costs financially, it is mandatory that public health programs be instated to decrease the
Problems Associated with Health Disparities Health care needs become more challenging every day; in fact, it is one of the biggest problems the American economy faces today. However, within the next 20 years the population of adults ages sixty-five and older is expected to increase and “age is the key factor for development in later life” (Dilworth-Anderson, Pierre & Hilliard, 2012, p. 27). Recent studies have shown there are approximately 5.3 million Americans that have Alzheimer’s disease and it is expected to increase over
Alzheimer’s and Dementia 1. The soaring global costs of Alzheimer’s and dementia care, the escalating number of people living with these diseases, and the challenges encountered by affected families demand a meaningful, aggressive, and an ambitious effort to solve this crisis.
CHICAGO, Ill.—The Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter is currently seeking volunteers to participate in the 12th annual Bankers Life and Casualty Company’s Forget Me Not Days May 16th and 17th. Established in 2003 by the national life and health insurer Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Forget Me Not Days benefits Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that progresses over time and destroys important mental functions and involves memory loss. The disease usually occurs in elders ages 60 or older and the further the stages in the disease, the worse it gets. The entire health care system, family, friends, and the person with the disease are all greatly affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a major issue from a public health perspective because it is one of the most expensive medical conditions in the United States. People can live with Alzheimer’s for quite a long time, but they need care while living, so the cost continues to add up as people with Alzheimer’s continue to live, but having no way of functioning on
This paper explores three types of stigma and ties them to people pulled from videos that have been presented throughout this course of study. Self Stigma is presented where some of the individuals may feel as if they are not as good as someone without dementia. Courtesy Stigma is also presented where the family members of dementia patients may feel the stigma just because they are close to the patient. Finally, Public Stigma is described using examples of dementia patients being seen in the public eye as being part of a group of patients rather than being an individual person themselves. Mrs. Potocny states, “You hate to lose the one you can’t live without. But that is exactly what is happening.” when describing her husband’s deterioration.
Today I read about Jessie and Evan driving up to their grandmother's house which had recently been partially burned in a fire. their grandmother was put in the hospital and when they arrived Jessie's mom went to get her. Jesse's grandmother was having trouble remembering who Evan was. While all
The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit association formed in 1980 by Jerome H. Stone and several representatives from several family support groups. The organization tries to address and bring awareness to a growing problem within our aging population, which is the development of