Symptoms And Treatment Of Alzheimer 's Disease Essay

1037 Words Apr 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Alzheimer’s disease is a terrible thing to happen to a loved one. My grandmother, Gerry Carlin, became diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease three years ago. Her life has changed so much. First this disease destroys the neurons in your brain that is related to memory. Gerry tends to forget an awful lot. She is eighty-five years old, so being forgetful can occur with normal aging, but with Gerry this has affected her being independent. She has to depend on someone to wake her up and get her dressed. She is incontinent at times, and must wear a brief. This was hard for her to deal with at first, because Gerry was a very independent women who did everything for herself. Having someone in her home giving her around the clock care was definitely an adjustment for her, but her children and grandchildren do a very good job helping her out when they can.
Physically, Alzheimer’s disease has not affected her at all. She can still use all the parts of her body to the best of her ability being eighty-five years old. It takes her longer to get ready in the morning because she needs assistance in remembering how to button up her shirt or tie her shoes. A new bathtub was placed in her home that allows her to get in and out of the tub more easily. There is also a medicine dispenser that speaks to her and dispenses medicine at the times she needs to take them. Gerry also has a necklace that she can click and receive help if she had fallen or needs help when no one is around. In Alzheimer’s…

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