Essay about Health Promotion And The Older Adult
NURS 2111: Nursing Art and Science
Kim Blizzard RN, BScN, MSN
In our society, many of our older adults are struggling with chronic conditions such as, hypertension, COPD, and Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia, which is a type of Alzheimer’s, poses a problem as the illness impairs critical brain function which is tethered to the older adult’s ability to thrive and maintain independence. This paper will provide the reader with an overview of older adults living with a chronic health condition, such as, Dementia and how health promotion activities will benefit with a more efficient coping mechanism in regards to this condition.
One of the main health challenges our older adult population is currently facing, is Alzheimer’s disease. It is a chronic, degenerative, brain disease, which stems from Dementia. The onset is considered subtle but progressive in its degeneration of the brain’s cerebral cortex and hippocampus. There are two specific traits associated with Alzheimer’s disease, the existence of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. According to Lewis, S.L. (2014), amyloid plaques are accumulations of protein deposits in the brain, they are composed of the mutation of the amyloid precursor protein, forming beta-amyloid. Collections of beta-amyloid increase to form sticky bundles which are not only toxic to brain function but are also indissoluble. The nerve cells begin…