242_paper_example_CBT_and_Alzheimers

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 1 Running head: ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND DEPRESSION The Relationship between Early Stages Alzheimer’s disease and Depression and Seeking Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy among Older Adults Maudon Nguyen Writing Assignment # 4 SCWK 242 Research Methods and Design Professor Ed Cohen Spring 2008
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 2 Abstract This study will evaluate the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of individuals age 65 and older diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and depression. The study design is quasi-experimental, and the specific group design is interrupted time series with nonequivalent comparison group. A non-probability convenience sample of 100 adults in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease will be participating in the study. Measurement instrument of Geriatric Depression Scale will be used over the course of one year to assess the changes of the participants. A multiple regression statistical test will be used to determine the variables’ impact on the outcome measures. The anticipated findings of the research study are that individuals diagnosed with AD will show lower level of depression and hopes to support the effectiveness of CBT among older adults with AD and depression. It is also anticipated that the findings will provide professionals a clearer understanding of the type of interventions that can be utilized in their practice with AD adults.
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 3 Introduction As our population grows and people are living longer than ever before, many older adults with dementia will face difficult life-changing challenges. For those of us who have not reached old age, we may not understand that developing dementia can be frightening. The different forms of dementia will slowly damage the brain in time. A specific type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which occurs most frequently in older adults. This research study examines the usefulness of cognitive behavioral therapy in reducing the severity of depression among older adults aged 65 and older that have early stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Relevance to Social Work We, as professional social workers, have the responsibility to care for people and their well-being. Research has taught us the process of Alzheimer’s disease can be painful. The number of older adults will increase dramatically in the near future and social workers must be better prepared for the change. Limited research has been conducted using CBT intervention on older adults diagnosed with AD and depression. The implementation of future research on CBT intervention is needed and important in assisting older adults. It is imperative to understand the most effective intervention to respond to the needs of older adults affected by AD. Literature Review
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