Forget something when you were running out the door for work this morning? Maybe it was to feed the fish, or where you put your keys or was it the name of the barista at your favorite coffee shop? Distractions and forgetfulness is something that that plagues us all, but as we age this becomes more of a common occurrence. As the frequency of forgetfulness increases, the questions start, are these memory delays, dementia or Alzheimer’s? Thinking back to where you misplaced the keys, where did you find them? Were the keys in an expected place? Or did you find them in the freezer? Memory deficits are a normal part of aging, but there are signs and symptoms that should be assessed as we age to determine if our deficit is related to the expected aging process, a form of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. As a caregiver for elderly patients, what characteristic symptoms are you looking for in the earliest stage of Alzheimer’s, stage 1? How can I provide them optimal care for my patient in this stage of the disease? These are just a few of the questions that I hope to answer for you in the course.
Purpose of this course
The purpose of this course is to look into the earliest stage of Alzheimer’s, Stage 1 and characteristics specific to the disease. The importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of stage 1 of Alzheimer’s will help you as a caregiver to provide support and safety recommendations to the patients and their support system. The prevalence of stage 1 Alzheimer’s disease is approximately 5% of adults 65 years of age and older living in an industrialized countries (Alzheimer’s Association, 2017). These number will continue to climb as the population of the baby boomer generations ages. There are distinctive attributes that set stage 1 Alzheimer’s disease apart from memory delays related to the expected aging process and dementia that will be explored within this so we may provide better care for this patient population. In addition to looking at early recognition of stage 1 Alzheimer’s characteristics, we will look at supportive intervention for you as the caregiver to patient and their support system.
- Define Stage 1 of Alzheimer’s disease
- Describe 3 signs and symptoms of Stage 1 of Alzheimer’s disease
- Determine 3 safety interventions for patients with stage 1 Alzheimer’s
- Identify the stages of grief and supportive interventions for the patients and their support system.