The Mini Mental State Exam Essay

1172 Words May 24th, 2016 5 Pages
Imagine your parents are in their sixties now and are beginning to forget certain things with age. Growing up your parents have been your support system through everything. From many amazing birthdays, graduation, and even the birth of your children. Although, you find your mom Lucy forgetting things that should not be forgotten, like a close family friend’s name. After a few months of this behavior, the forgetfulness has escalated from forgetting to pay the light bill, to forgetting to wish you a happy thirty-first birthday. Being the concerned daughter you are, you take the initiative to take your mom to the doctor to ensure nothing serious is going on. The doctors ask your mother various questions involving smoking, drinking and other factors that could cause the gradual forgetfulness. Lucy ensures the doctors she is as clean as a whistle as she has never smoked and rarely drinks. The exam moves to a more physical approach involving reflexes, eye movement and speech. Lastly, is the mini-mental state exam. The doctor informs you that the highest your mother may receive on the exam is a thirty and Lucy received a nineteen. This information clarifies to you and your mother that she does in fact have an Apolipoprotein gene. The doctor informs you both that it is the leading cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that affects approximately five million people every year. Alzheimer’s disease affects an individual’s ability to think, behave in a…

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