Late Life And Psychological Disorders

1091 WordsApr 20, 20175 Pages
Written Assignment 11 Late Life and Psychological Disorders 1. Describe the clinical symptoms and developmental cause of frontal-temporal dementia. How is this similar to and different from Alzheimer 's disease? Frontal-temporal dementia or FTD has characteristics that are different than Alzheimer’s disease in that symptomatically it does not directly affect memory cognition. FTD instead affects executive functioning. This includes difficulty with problem solving, planning, or goal directed behaviors. Development typically occurs in around age 50, nevertheless, research indicates unrecognized symptoms may occur much sooner than that. FTD has also shown a strong genetic connection, however not as implicit a connection as Alzheimer’s…show more content…
These plaques and tangles eventually kill the neuron all together and the person starts to experience more severe deficits in memory and cognition. Movement and other cognitive processes that are ingrained throughout life, tend to be the last abilities to change. A person with Alzheimer’s disease, in the context of short interactions may appear that they are more able than they actually are because they display abilities such as walking, using the restroom, or carrying on short conversations. Other biological considerations are the ties to genetics, especially with early onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis, as well as people with Down syndrome that live into middle age. There is some focus on researching chromosome 21, however, ties to Alzheimer’s have also been indicated in chromosomes 1 and 14. 3. Discuss the importance of psychosocial considerations in the treatment and care of patients with Alzheimer 's disease and their families. Psychosocial treatments can be affective for both the family as well as for the person who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Part of this includes normalization of degradation of the illness, as well as providing the family with the proper tools to communicate with their loved one. For example, it can be important to learn to communicate questions that include the answer in them to ease the stress of the person who is trying to recall a word or person they may have seen. For instance, instead of asking “Who came to see
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