Mr. Speed is a 57-year-old gentleman who has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He is in the early stage of the disease at this point. Mrs. Speed is quite concerned about the progression of the disease, whether Mr. Speed can still be employed, if he can be left alone for several hours at a time, and what medications he will be required to take. How would you respond to her concerns? Is there other information that would be helpful to the Speeds? Where can they find more information about Alzheimer’s disease?
Imagine the subject of the selected case study is a client of yours.
Draft a short, one-page (350 to 500 words) memo describing the situation and requesting specific services for your afflicted client.
Include the following in your memo:
- Describe the disease of focus and its progression of mental illness. Based on the disease and stage it presents, what level (primary, secondary, or tertiary) of care does the patient require?
- Where can more information regarding the identified disease be found?
- What cultural issues can be identified as pertaining to this disease that might affect the individual and family in this case? How does this influence society and resources as a whole?