Abstract

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is a debilitating, chronic disease in which the brain is deteriorating at varying levels of speed. In years past, not much could be done to help facilitate quality of life in persons with the disease. My hope is to shed light on how Alzheimer’s Disease was identified, what we have done to help overcome the obstacles of the disease, what has helped and what has not helped, as well as identify alternatives for the future.

There are more modern research options and predictions for the future that are in the making, to help caregivers and even the patient with their battle against the chronic disease. There are options for living at home, assistive services, adult day care options, and even memory clinics. There are medications and therapies designed to help slow down the deterioration mentally and physically. Research, trial and error, and therapeutic techniques will be explored to show evidence that we are making strides to help facilitate longer quality of life, lessen symptoms of the disease, and help the overall management of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Through the course of my paper I will demonstrate how Alzheimer’s Disease was identified as well as take the process through a range of decades to reveal research and medical knowledge that has occurred. I will also explore facets of home care, assisted living, and long term care facilities that are available to help in the care of the persons with Alzheimer’s Disease. The Memory Clinics are becoming more popular for persons suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease and I will explore the projections for memory clinics and their outlook for the future of managing the symptoms and issues associated with the disease.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2017

Senior Project Advisor

G. Michael Barton

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Health Care Administration

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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