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Case Study: Confirming Alzheimer's Disease

Briefly summarize the case of Hans and explain how you would confirm a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Also, explain the role of counselling in such a case.

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Introduction

This discussion is focused on Alzheimer's disease as the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. The disease cannot be prevented or cured. Research indicates that the disease is growing and becoming more severe. Approximately 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and one in eight older Americans has the disease (Alzheimer disease and organization). Additionally, Alzheimer has been recognized as a form of dementia that affects individuals who have advanced age. Factors associated with Alzheimer include changes such as a decline in cognitive processes that are essential to memory. For instance, Craig & Lockhart (2007) suggest that forgetting occurs in older adults because some methods of encoding create more durable memory codes than others.

Based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM=IV-TR [APA], 2000), Alzeheimer's is associated with other factors such as personality changes. Additionally, Alzheimer patients have Aphasi (trouble with finding words); Agnosia (recognizing new acquaintances); snd Apraxia (executive functioning). Alzheimer is a common disease among the elderly, and is characterized in the DSM-IV-TR as Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type. The following discussion presents the case study for Hans who is showing symptoms of the disease.

(a) Briefly summarize the case of Hans.

Hans is a 66- year-old man who ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses a case study with a pateint who has Alzheimer's disese. A mulit-diagnoses is provided and counseling is explained.

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