Effectiveness Of A Combined Therapeutic Approach On Negative Disease Symptoms

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According to the Alzheimer’s Association (2014) website, someone in this country is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease every 67 seconds. Projection figures of the year 2050 state 16 million people in the United States will have Alzheimer’s disease; triple the present rate (Alzheimer’s Association, “Latest Facts & Figures Report”, para. 1). Alzheimer’s research has expanded slowly over the past decade. However, with prevalence rates increasing rapidly, high quality of care will be imperative. Observations, questionnaires and other diagnostic tests will be implemented to evaluate the effectiveness of a combined therapeutic approach on negative disease symptoms. The aim of the study is to reduce negative symptoms of mild and moderate…show more content…
Multi-therapeutic approach towards the reduction of negative symptomatology and diminished brain atrophy in mild and moderate Alzheimer’s disease: An observational, unobtrusive research design conducted in nursing home facilities. Alzheimer’s disease is an insidious illness which leads to cognitive and functional impairment, and is becoming more commonplace than ever before. There is no known cure, treatment, or prevention for this disease; in case of point, researchers have yet to discover a way to slow the progression of the illness. As the treatment of the physical manifestation of this disease is difficult to pinpoint, many researchers have dedicated their resources to finding ways to improve the quality of life of those who are diagnosed. Many patients with Alzheimer’s experience depression, anxiety, aggression, and social isolation as a result of their disease; these emotional responses can be treated. Social, music, and exposure therapy in a combined approach will significantly decrease depression scores on the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) and reduce agitation scores on the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CMAI). Participants exposed to our therapy program will show less physical and verbal aggression, demonstrate positive body language as observed by a third rater, increased brain stimulation reflected in fMRI scans and decelerated brain atrophy from the
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