Case Study Design and Analysis
Kendrick is a 71-year-old African-American male living in Akron, OH. He is currently divorced but has four children. Kendrick is a retired teacher and has served in the military for 25 years. He is a renowned man in the Akron community, serving several communal duties. He has been vocal in community outreach campaigns against mental health discrimination, racial and social injustices, gun violence, and gender-based violence. Kendrick’s family history is significant of chronic disorders. His father died of complications from type 2 diabetes, and his mother lived with coronary heart disease. His younger brother is a known hypertensive. All of his children are healthy without a positive diagnosis of any chronicity.
The Case Story
During one of the community outreach programs on healthy living, in which Kendrick was a guest speaker, he reported with unkempt hair and untidy clothes. This was uncharacteristic of him as he always presented to such events neatly dressed and with kempt hair. Seemed unbothered, Kendrick proceeded with his presentation as scheduled. During the presentation, he seemed disorganized, kept on repeating certain phrases, and had trouble navigating through his laptop. At one point, he switched off the laptop, thinking he had finished the presentation, only to be told that he had forgotten another part. After finishing his presentation, he walked off the podium leaving his laptop on the table only to be reminded that he had left his computer. His close friends and relatives have also been noticing peculiar behavioral changes in Kendrick. He has been having several off days characterized by severe mood swings. He sometimes forgets to bathe and struggles with routine self-care activities. He also doesn’t dress appropriately for events and weather.
Analysis of the Case
Kendrick’s case is positive for several peculiar behavioral changes. He seemed not to be aware or even bothered by these characteristic behavioral changes. Findings from the case reveal that he has been having bouts of mood swings, inappropriate self-care, forgetfulness, difficulty organizing his thoughts, and short attention span. These signs are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a common cause of cognitive decline. This disorder is characterized by memory loss, difficulty organizing thoughts and working with numbers, shortened attention span, and inability to learn new things (Breijyeh & Karaman, 2020). Alzheimer’s mostly affects adults aged 65 years and above. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for more than 60% of dementia cases. In the United States, over 4.5 million people have been diagnosed with the disease. The incidence of the disease increases with age and doubles beyond 65 years(Silva et al., 2019). Its management is key to improving the quality of life of these individuals.
Alzheimer’s disease is a leading cause of functional disability and, therefore, warrants aggressive management. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions have been utilized to relieve the symptoms of the disease. Cholinesterase inhibitors and partial N-methyl D Aspartate antagonists have been used in this regard (Weller & Budson, 2018). Accurate diagnosis of the disease is key in its management as it enables the elimination of other disorders that closely resemble Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Kendrick and his other caregivers should, therefore, seek immediate medical attention, and if a positive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is made, then he is started on medication. Additionally, his family members and other caregivers should collaborate and ensure that he undertakes regular self-care duties such as grooming, bathing, and maintaining proper hygiene.
Breijyeh, Z., & Karaman, R. (2020). Comprehensive Review on Alzheimer’s Disease: Causes and Treatment. Molecules, 25(24), 5789. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25245789
Silva, M., Loures, C., Alves, L., de Souza, L., Borges, K., & Carvalho, M. (2019). Alzheimer’s disease: risk factors and potentially protective measures. Journal Of Biomedical Science, 26(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12929-019-0524-y
Weller, J., & Budson, A. (2018). Current understanding of Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and treatment. F1000research, 7, 1161. https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.14506.1
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Case Study Design and Analysis
For this assignment, you will identify the main concepts and terms learned in this week’s online lectures and textbook readings and create a fictional case study (which may not be related to actual individuals).
You will use the following guidelines while writing your case study:
Background: You need to describe the demographics of individuals involved in the case study, such as their age, gender, occupation, education, relationships, and family history.
The case story: You need to describe a scenario demonstrating a group of individuals engaged in groupthink.
Analysis of the case: You need to utilize the information learned from the online lectures and text readings to analyze the case study. Be specific in your analysis using supporting evidence from outside sources when needed.
Recommendations: You need to end the case study with your recommendations or suggestions you would have implemented in such a situation to assist in changing the individuals’ behavior.