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Transcript of Communication Breakdown
A 78-year-old man comes to your office with his daughter. The daughter reports that her father, Mark, has been confusing the name of relatives and is having trouble controlling his emotions. Her father was once a respected mathematician, but he is now having trouble completing simple calculations. He even claims that he does not know how to play the card game they have been playing since she was a little girl. She tried to get him to shower and put on clean clothes for the doctor’s visit, but he is adamant about the fact that he is clean. Most recently, he has had trouble recognizing people he has known for years. For quite some time, he has had trouble finding items such as his glasses or keys and his daughter attributed this to the natural aging process. Now she is not so sure.
Confusing names of relatives
Trouble controlling emotions
Trouble completing simple calculations (He was once a mathematician)
Problems with hygiene
Trouble recognizing people he has known for year
Trouble finding his belongings
The main cause of Alzheimer's is embedded in a persons genetics.
Sometimes lifestyle and environment can affect the brain in negative ways as well.
Scientists still are trying to find the exact cause.
By: Tori Blanchard
Alzheimer's disease: a form of dementia that slowly progresses over time, that usually starts in the 40s or 50s. First symptoms are impaired memory which is followed by impaired thought and speech and finally complete helplessness.
Where it affects the brain...
Cerebrum- A large part of your brain that is involved in remembering, problem solving, thinking, and feeling.
Temporal Lobe- Controls memory storage, emotion, hearing and language.
Doctor's are still trying to find a cure to this disease.
There are some medicine that can make it so it does not progress as quickly. But other than that, full time care is the only thing you can do.
Error in Communication
In Alzheimer’s disease, brain cells lose their ability to form new connections with other cells. It also grows a plaque that blocks signals. The decline of messenger chemicals makes it hard for people to learn new information. Existing nerve connections disappear, and that makes the information stored in them fade away. As the disease gets worse, the nerve cells begin to die. This makes it hard for people to understand what's happening in the world around them. Then eventually, widespread cell death erases the basic knowledge stored in their brain. Then in the final stages, it destroys the brain cells that control moving and swallowing, and people need constant care. Eventually the person dies from the disease.
When a person has alzheimers depending on the severity they might have to have at home care 24/7. They need a caregiver to take care of them, and they usually make about $25,757 a year. The care taker is responsible for feeding, clothing and bathing their patient. If it is a more severe case then the patient might have to have their diaper changed because they have lost so much memeory they cant even perform simple tasks such as going to the bathroom.