time as he will become disoriented, hostile, combative, etc. If the stress levels for the caregiver can become too much, a placement for an assisted living or nursing home can also be considered. I can also refer the following websites and phone number to Mrs. Speed about more information about Alzheimer’s disease and can help answer many of her questions regarding the disease. 1-800-438-4380
4 Cultural and Society’s Impact of Alzheimer’s Since Mr. Speed race was not identified in the case study, it is important to know how race and culture plays a role in Alzheimer’s disease. Most African-Americans seeks diagnosis after about three to six years after symptoms surface, American Indians after five years and Whites after two years and these results in the delaying of primary care and medical evaluation of the patient. Also most racial groups such as African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, etc. considers that cognitive impairment of the disease is just a part of normal aging and may not take the symptoms seriously which as mentioned earlier delays early diagnosis and treatment for Alzheimer’s. Since the emotional support of family and caregivers is important, they must be present for all the check up and follow ups of the patient to be aware of the progress of disease, however most cultures tend to cope with the disease with religion such as faith and prayer. It is important to remember that the disease is not part of normal aging and
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- Fall '13
- CASESTUDY, Alzheimersdisease, Mentalhealth, Mr. Speed