Nursing Case Study Alzheimer's

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Content Question 1- I would explain Alzheimer’s disease as a progressive and degenerative disorder of the brain. The most common theory is that it is a neurologic disorder of the brain, when acetylcholine levels are low. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s progress slow and generally worsen over time. The early symptoms that may suggest Alzheimer’s disease are confusion, chronic memory loss, and changes in mood. Over time the person will have loss of memory, cognitive function, and ability to perform everyday activities. As Alzheimer’s progresses it can also affect the person’s language, mobility, and behavior (Lilley, Rainforth- Collins, & Synder, 2015).
Question 2- As a nurse, I would respond by saying Alzheimer’s disease does not have an exact cause and there is no way
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The signs and symptoms of stage 1 are generally short-term memory loss, mild cognitive and judgment impairment, misplacing items and being unable to retrace steps. Also, the patient may be seen as socially and mentally withdrawn and have mild decline of being able to perform simple hygiene tasks. During this stage, the patient’s family and friends begin to notice problems with memory and judgement. Stages 4 and 5 of Alzheimer’s is described as moderate. The signs and symptoms typically worsen, the patient becomes disoriented to time and place, and they start to need more help performing activities of daily life. Also, speech and language deficits are more obvious and the patient may start to become more incontinent of bladder and bowels. Stages 6 and 7 of Alzheimer’s is considered severe/ late. The signs and symptoms are that the patient losses the ability to speak, unable to recognize familiar faces, and usually needs help to eat. They are almost completely dependent on others for help performing everyday activities. The patient may also need to sit up with support and the reflexes begin to diminish. (www.alzheimers.net,

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