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Running head: MENTAL/BEHAVIORAL CASE STUDIES1Mental/Behavioral Case StudiesStephanie M CurleyHCS/ 245March 14th, 2016Joan Ralph Webber
MENTAL/BEHAVIORAL CASE STUDIES2Mental/Behavioral Case StudiesMr. Speed, a 57-year-old patient, was just diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a brain disease that progressively deteriorates thinking skills and memory. The cause of this disease is unknown, but research has shown that the accumulation of the protein amyloid in the brain may contribute to the onset. Though it is not uncommon for this disease to develop in younger patients, most individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are 65 years of age and older. The rate at which this disease progresses varies from patient to patient but will require medical care. Because Mr. Speed is in an early stage of Alzheimer’s, he should be able to continue working and living independently. However, he may encounter some issues, like having