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HCS/245Page 1Mental/Behavioral Case StudiesSierra HeiderHCS/245July, 30 2017Cheryl MeauxMental/Behavioral Case Studies
HCS/245Page 2Mr. Cessnun, a 57-year-old patient, was just diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s dis-ease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a brain disease that progres-sively deteriorates thinking skills and memory. The cause of this disease is unknown, but re-search 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 individu-als diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are 65 years of age and older. The rate at which this dis-ease progresses varies from patient to patient but will require medical care. Because Mr. Cessnunis in an early stage of Alzheimer’s, he should be able to continue working and living indepen-dently. However, he may encounter some issues, like having difficulty performing daily tasks, struggling with organization, misplacing things, and even remembering the precise wording. His