Nursing Case Study Alzheimer's Case Studies

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Heading in to the second case study, is Henry, who is now caring for his aging mother who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s diseases. He is dealing with the struggles of providing care, while keeping his mom safe, and also handling his own emotions. Henry is currently considering placing his mom in a day program; however, he is feeling apprehensive about it. Alzheimer’s is a slow progressing disease that has no cure that progressively decreases ones impairment. Cognitive changes that can be expected with Alzheimer’s, like Henry’s mom, can be loss of memory, they often show forgetfulness in things that they have done, where things are placed, and even names of people. Disorientation, they often get lost, or are unable to keep track …show more content…
However, it’s important for Henry to understand the diseases process, and how this will impact his mother’s needs. As a nurse speaking with Henry I would discuss with him the positive impact this move can have on his mother. Day programs are known to “decrease wandering behavior and (help) meet the need for exercise” (Gulanick, M., & Myers, J. L. 2017, pp.517). This will also allow his mom time to have social interactions outside of the home. It’s also been said that physical activity and communication have also been known to demonstrate a slower decline in the cognitive area of Alzheimer’s (Dupuis-Balanchard, S. 2016, pp. 235). For Henry; this allows him to continue with his job responsibilities and keep up with his own self-care this includes taking care of his physical, mental and emotional well-being. Henry sustaining good health care is also vital to him being a good care …show more content…
Reminiscing can be a great way to bound with the patient, AP. (2015) found that “it can improve mood and reduce agitation and wandering”. Therapeutic touch can convey affection and friendliness, and “agitation levels of older adults with dementia (can be) significantly lower when they received a touch intervention” (Duggleby, W. 2014, pp.391). Validation therapy is accepting the feelings of another person and reaching out to them with empathy. Wegerer, J. (2016) stated that the goal with validation therapy is to help the patient feel listened to and supported, and help them work through unfinished business from their

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