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Carliear I watched the video of "The Long Goodbye: Facing Dementia" and would appreciate your help with the attachment that is Week 7. I tried to attach the video but was unable to do so, so I attached the Transcript of the video. Please let me know if you could help with this.

The Knowledge of Major Systems Concepts

In the video The Long Goodbye: Facing Dementia, Ken, Brenda, and Michael, along with their families, are impacted by dementia. Dementia impacts their family structure, their roles, their interaction patterns, the rules of their relationships (including the balance of togetherness and separateness), changes their homeostatic balances, and so forth. Review this video and write a 3 to 5 page paper on the families in The Long Goodbye: Facing Dementia. This paper is not to be a "book report" summary of the video, but is to look at each of these individuals/families and describe the impact of dementia systemically, describing the changes in family structure, patterns, themes, habits, rules, and other systemic concepts (please feel free to use any concepts addressed in the activities 5 and 6 or any other concepts from Dallos and Draper (2010). To demonstrate your understanding of the systemic concepts please apply terms and citations from the assigned readings. Finally, briefly describe one thing you think a systems-informed family therapist might do working with a family impacted by dementia.

The following are the questions I would like your help with:

1) Look at each of these individuals/families and describe the impact of dementia systemically
2) Describe the changes in family structure, patterns, themes, habits, rules, and other systemic concepts
3) Demonstrate your understanding of the systemic concepts please apply terms and citations from the assigned readings.
4) Briefly describe one thing you think a systems-informed family therapist might do working with a family impacted by dementia.

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(1) Look at each of these individuals/families and describe the impact of dementia systemically.

Dementia is a syndrome of multiple different causes characterized by a deficit in in cognitive functioning. Symptoms include difficulty with short-term memory, long-term memory, and intellectual abilities. The patient cannot think abstractly and lose the ability to make good concrete decisions, and make sound judgments. The more common diseases that cause dementia is stated to occur in the elderly, and thus dementia is re prevalence of dementia shows a striking association with age. "Aging is associated with many challenges and changes in many areas" (Tun, Williams, Small, B., & Hafter, 2012, p.344). In their study, they examined the effects of aging on auditory processing and cognition.

According to Tun et al (2012) there is substantial evidence for age-related cognitive declines in both auditory processing and cognitive skills. The cognitive decline associated with Dementia is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders characteristic of five types: (a) dementia of the Alzheimer type, (b) Vascular Dementia, (c) Dementia due to other General Medical conditions, (d) dementia to Multiple Etiologies, and (d) Dementia Not otherwise specified, and € Substance-Induced Persisting Dementia. (a) Alzheimer's Type Dementia is characterized by the development of cognitive deficits, memory impairments, cognition disturbances, failures in executive functioning, and/or disturbances in executive functioning. (b) Vascular Dementia is characterized by cognitive deficits, memory impaired ability to learn new information, or to recall previously learned info Myrle and Ken- Ken is in denial that he is facing the loss of his memory. Chris (Michael's son) has concerns regarding how much help his mother will be able to offer his dad when he is helpless. They contemplate the idea of a nursing home. During the sixth dialogue, tom and Brenda discuss the possibility to place Brenda in a home care facility. Up to this point, she has been a strong lady; however, her age is a factor. (c) Medically-related dementia consists of the development of multiple ...

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This solution discusses dementia within the context of family therapy.

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