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Transcript of Alzheimer's Disease
Rebecca Lived in Huntington, WV and was a cabinet maker Always made time for his children "Never let school get in the way of your education." Diagnosed at the late age of 79 No one understood his symptoms Died at age 84 when he forgot how to properly push out his chair and fell backward Facts and Figures Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the USA Alzheimer’s Disease is the 5th leading cause of death for people over age 65 in the USA 1 in 8 people over 65 have Alzheimer's in the USA What is Alzheimer's Disease? Misfolding of certain proteins in the brain Genes code for proteins...
If the proteins are misshapen...
They get stuck to each other...
And form what are called plaques... The History of Alzheimer's 1906 A German scientist, by the name of Dr. Alois Alzheimer, was the first to discover the brain cell abnormalities that are involved in the disease. 1960's Scientists recognize Alzheimer's as a disease rather than a normal part of aging. Symptoms 10 Warning Signs There is no "typical" case of Alzheimer's and every patient may experience each symptom at varying degrees of severity. "The Notebook" Allie Calhoun Legislation National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) Implementation Gives an additional $80 million to Alzheimer's research $20 million for provider education and outreach, public awareness, and caregiver support. Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act Not yet passed Would force the NIH to make Alzheimer's research a priority Ethical issue surrounding Alzheimer's: Due to lack of insurance or other issues, doctors will have to discharge AD patients even if they know they are not mentally competent. Proper discharge planning is more important than ever at this point because patients can severely injure themselves should they be discharged into improper care. Discharge Planning More time should be put into discharge planning before an Alzheimer’s patient can be discharged In Conclusion... Paul Chandler Was his death preventable? Would more education have made his death less traumatic? Is this really what Alzheimer's is like? References
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