Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic, incurable, disease that causes devastating damage to the brain and nervous system. The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease is growing. In order to understand the impact Alzheimer’s disease has on a person, a general understanding of the brain and nervous system function is needed before discussing the causes and risk factors of Alzheimer's disease. Caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s can be one of the biggest challenges a health care worker will face during his/her career. Because Alzheimer’s disease in the advanced stages causes significant neurological impairments, these patients need considerable assistance in order to ensure that they are safe and comfortable. Peers and other caregivers will have accumulated experiences and knowledge while working with patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Collaboration with other health team members will support the worker to care for an Alzheimer’s patient, and will help to turn a tremendous challenge into a rewarding experience.
After completing this inservice, the learner will be able to:
- Identify characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Identify treatment options for Alzheimer patients.
- Identify ways to communicate with individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Alzheimer's Disease - The scope and causes of the problem
- The Brain, the Nervous System, and Alzheimer's Disease
- How is Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosed
- Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease
- What are the differences between Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, and the normal aging process?
- Working with the Alzheimer's Disease Patient