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Reference list Eva's Case
Eva is 75 years old with Alzheimer’s disease.
Max (husband) wants to take care of Eva at home, but as the disease progresses he needs some help to care for her.
After an assessment the National Health Service can provide a district nurse and a Mental Health nurse/ Occupational therapist if needed.
Eva takes a fall and is unable to recover from the surgery.
Mr Bernstein wants to take Eva home to die, but the doctors say she isn’t well enough to move and would be best if she stayed in hospital and died.
Alzeimer'd disease was named after a German physician, Alois Alzheimer, who first reported the disease in 1907 (Thompson, 2006). "Alzeimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thingking skills". (National Institute of Aging, 2010). Symptoms;
problems with language
difficulty performing familiar tasks
poor or decreased judgement.. Cause;
Alzheimer's disease develops because of a complex series of events that take place in the brain over a long period of time. It is likely that the causes include genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.
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Publishing Company, LLC.
Many people fear dementia and some would prefer an earlier death over having to progress into the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease... Health Professionals and their roles. “Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness through the prevention and relief of suffering” (WHO, 2011). (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr Family GP. Aged Care Australia
Alzhiemers Social Worker. Occupational
Therapist. Mental Health
Nurse. District Nurse. Alzheimer's is a condition in most cases it requires long term care services and many family support and so the impact of the condition on family and friends is bigger, compared to the impact on medicare and the community.