The Problem Based Learning # 1 : Alzheimer 's Disease

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PBL 1 Assignment
Jodi-Ann Crawford
PNH 301
Instructor: Hyacinth Jackson
October 13, 2015

Problem Based Learning #1: Alzheimer’s Disease

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M.E. is a 62-year-old woman who has a 5-year history of progressive forgetfulness. She is no longer able to care for herself, has become increasingly depressed and paranoid, and recently started a fire in the kitchen. After extensive neurologic evaluation, M.E. is diagnosed as having Alzheimer 's disease. Her husband and children have come to the Alzheimer 's unit at your extended care facility for information about this disease and to discuss the possibility of placement for M.E. You reassure the family that you have experience dealing with the questions and concerns of most people in their situation.

1. How would you explain Alzheimer 's disease to the family?

-Alzheimer’s is in no way a normal part of aging. It is when the cells of the brain gradually deteriorates and consequently affects thinking ability and memory. Their activities of daily living will also be greatly affected.

2. The husband asks, “How did she get Alzheimer 's? We don 't know anyone else who has it.” How would you respond?

-There are two types of Alzheimer’s disease: Familial autosomal dominant (FAD) Alzheimer’s disease occurs in less than 5% of all cases of Alzheimer’s disease and has a genetic link. For FAD to occur, the disease needs to be apparent over several generations of one family.…

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