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The Effects of Dementia & Alzheimers Disease

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Kenyetta Hayes

on 19 November 2013

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The Effects of Dementia & Alzheimers Disease
(How much do you know about Alzheimers and Dementia!)
Truth or Myth
Ecological Systems Perspective of Alzheimers Patients
Alzheimers is a type of Dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.
African Americans are more susceptible to Alzheimers due to diet.
High Cholesterol
Heart Disease
High Blood Pressure
People in their 30s, 40s, and 50s are not affected by Alzheimers disease, only older people are affected?
Alzheimers is just not an old peoples disease.
People in their late 30s, 40s, and 50s experience early onset Alzheimers
In the U.S. 200,000 people are living with early on-set Alzheimers.
Caucasian Americans are more susceptible to Alzheimers than African Americans?
is the most common form of Dementia , it accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases.
is not a specific disease, but it is a term that describes many symptoms associated with a decline in memory or thinking skills severe enough to disrupt daily activities.
Alzheimers and Dementia are both reversible illnesses?
Alzheimers diseases is not reversible, there is no cure for Alzheimers disease.
Some forms of Dementia are reversible, including those that are associated with illness such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.
Vascular Dementia
Down Syndrome
Huntington's Disease
Parkinson's Disease Dementia
Traumatic Brain Injury
Dementia with Lewy Bodies
Common Types of Dementia
Social Problems in the Alzheimers Community
Lack of Family Support

Lack of Medical Care
Poverty Stricken
Mal- diagnosis
Rapport Building
When beginning to work with a client who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s one of the most important aspects of caring for the patients is building rapport.

According to Wilson et al., (2013), when building rapport, there are several communication strategies that patients respond to the most frequently and effectively.

When beginning to engage with a client, simply making an effort to greet the resident and ask about their day each time the caregiver interacts with the client is an effective way to build rapport (Wilson, et al., 2013).

As rapport is further developed, communication is another important aspect to engaging with clients.

Explanation of actions, use of resident’s name, negotiation, and using one proposition at a time are vital in communicating effectively and building rapport with clients (Wilson, et al., 2013).

According to Buckley and Schub (2012), additional ways to build rapport include using eye contact, positive facial expressions, and clear phrases to communicate.

Additionally, a structured routine, praise, and reassurance are important to rapport building because they will increase the patient’s self esteem. (Buckley & Schub 2012).

It is important to acknowledge and empathize with the feelings of the patient and to encourage open communication between the caregiver and client (Buckley & Schub 2012).

Large Burden
Availability of Institutions
Lack of Awareness & Research
Difference between cultures and race
Strategy from Micro-Mezzo level Intervention
My Friends House
Assisted Living homes
Family engagement
Government funded grants
Day Programs for Seniors
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