Dementia and the Family

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Andrea Harris
Alzheimer’s Dementia
Rasmussen College

Authors Note
This paper is being submitted on September 13, 2012 for Abnormal Psychology summer 2012 by Andrea Harris.

Alzheimer’s Disorder is a disease that severely affects not only the person, but the family as well. There is no cure, only ways to slow down the progression. This disorder is not known by a lot of people or understood. The only way to do that is by educating. In this paper I hope to go over symptoms, treatments, diagnosis, and what to expect when someone you love is affected. This is not something that only attacks the elderly, it can affect any age. After reading this I hope to bring a better understanding of how to help loved ones and what to expect. My mother has Alzheimer’s disease and I am her daughter as well as her caretaker. This paper is personal for me and is meant to help those loved ones have a better understanding and how to deal with being confronted with is. Alzheimer’s is not a personal disease, but a family disease. It affects everyone involved emotionally and physically. I know that even to do this I struggle. This paper is my gift to help simplify things and help caretakers and loved ones build knowledge not only for the person with the disease, but for them as well.
There are several types of dementia such as from trauma or drug use. In this paper we are talking about Alzheimer’s dementia. It is the most common form and is over 70% of most cases. When you hear a doctor tell you loved one they have dementia it can be very confusing and shocking. A simple way to explain this is dementia is a symptom and Alzheimer’s is the cause. Dementia is a significant loss of memory problems, cognitive issues, and severely effects the person way in which they live daily (Stern 2011). This is not a disease that is easily diagnosed and may take a lot of tests and trials before a…...

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