activities include taking high-potency multiple vitamins and minerals that include folic acid, vitamin E, and at least 2,000 mg of vitamin C (Neighbors & Tannehill-Jones, 2015, p. 344). Mr. Speed can also still be employed and left alone for a few hours but he may experience memory lapses such as forgetting sentences, misplacing and forgetting objects and locations. There is no cure for this disease but according to "Current Alzheimer's Treatments" (2016), “ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved five medications to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease:”
3 Drug Name Brand Name Approved for FDA Approved 1. donepezil Aricept All stages 1996 2. galantamine Razadyne Mild to moderate 2001 3. memantine Namenda Moderate to severe 2003 4. rivastigmine Exelon All stages 2000 5. donepezil and memantine Namzaric Moderate to severe 2014 I would address Mrs. Speed’s concern by telling her that those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years after symptoms become noticeable but survival rate can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions. The medications can also temporarily slow down the worsening of the symptoms and improve and maintain the quality of life. It is also very important that with this disease, the emotional support from family and caregivers should be prioritized. As the disease progresses towards the late stage, Mr. Speed will become totally dependent on a caregiver or family member that is taking care of him at the time as he will become disoriented, hostile, combative, etc. If the stress levels for the caregiver
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