The Development of Alzheimer’s Disease : An Empirically Approach

Daniyal Qayyum, Zeeshan Nasir, Hasnain Mahboob

Abstract


Little research has been done on the most appropriate living and care environment for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. With current predictions showing that over 16 million people will be living with Alzheimer’s disease by the year 2050, it is important that practitioners become aware of how living environments may help or hinder the treatment of the disease. This study is an exploratory longitudinal study aimed at understanding how the disease progresses among different living environments. The study examines the difference in the mean stage of the disease over a 6 year period in 3 living environments, including individuals living at home independently, those living at home or with relatives but with assistance, and those living in an assisted living facility. 374 participants were asked to participate in the study by responding to a 122-question online survey. The study showed that the mean difference in the stage of the disease in early years shows to be lower in those who live at home independently, however, in later years the mean difference is lowest in those living in an assisted living facility. This could suggest that the progression of the disease is slower in familiar environments that involve routine tasks when cognition is mildly impaired. This could also suggest that the development of Alzheimer’s disease is slower in an assisted living facility when cognition is more significantly impaired.


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Alzheimer’s disease, empirically test, environment

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