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Baging can affect an individuals response to illness

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b.)Aging can affect an individual’s response to illness or injury.Pain may be diminished or absent, which can lead to the patient and /or paramedicunderestimating the severity of a condition.5a.)The elderly may be non-compliant in correctly taking their medication as a result offailure to thrive, simply forgetting, mixing up medications, lack of funds to acquire themedication, or lack of understanding as to why they need to take them.b.)The elderly may easily overdose or mix medications because of their lack of understandingor their confusion.Sometimes, their system will not respond the same way someone younger wouldcompensate.Over use of CNS depressants and mood altering drugs may instigate aquery into Alzheimer’s or dementia rather than a drug reaction.Beta-blocker, cardiotonic, and hypertensive agents may cause severe dysrrythmias ordeath if overlooked.Patients may have a hypersensitivity to certain drugs and not realize that it’s the drugcausing the effect, as well as taking several medications at once that should not betaken together.Without know the drug, it’s difficult to identify an idiosyncraticreaction.6.a)Alzheimer’snerve cells in the cerebral cortex die and brain substance shrinkssingle most common cause of dementiaresponsible for the majority of cases in persons over 75 years of ageb.)Early symptoms:memory loss (ability to make and recall new memories)judgement and cognitive abilities begin to interfere with work and social interactionsc.)During the early stages of Alzheimer’s, patients may “make up stories” in an attempt to“cover up” their memory loss.
PCP 39A SYLLABUSThe may also have sudden outbursts or embarrassing behaviour.d.)Inability to make and recall new memories.Patient may demonstrate agitation, violence, and impairment of abstract thinking.Patients may become very defensive and make excuses.e.)In advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, patients often become bedridden and totally unaware oftheir surroundings.In earlier stages, there is agitation and violence, but once unaware of surroundings, theytend to become more docile.Once the patient is bedridden, bed sores, feedingproblems and pneumonia shorten life expectancy.f.)It’s very difficult as a family member to take care of a love one with Alzheimer’sdisease.Proper nursing staff is often required to make sure they receive the propermedication at the proper times, as well as to make sure they receive the necessarynutrition.Because many people with Alzheimer’s tend to wander around, it is important to keep aclose eye on them so as to not experience an incident where they might go missing.This is a problem because many people with Alzheimer’s will not remember who theyare or where they live.

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