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The Death Of Ralphs Mind Essay

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Ralph has a disease that is progressive; a degenerative disease that has attacked his brain and has resulted in impaired memory, thinking, and behavior. Ralph is one of more than 100,000 that die from Alzheimer's disease annually, which makes it the fourth leading cause of death in adults, after heart disease, cancer, and stroke. AD (Alzheimer's disease) is a slow progressive form of dementia, which is a progressive, acquired impairment of intellectual functions. Ralph will experience a change in language, decision-making ability, judgment, attention, and other related areas of basic functions and personality. It is difficult to place a patient with Alzheimer's disease in a specific ...view middle of the document...

The second stage will be his longest, which are usually two to ten years after diagnosis. He is having increased memory loss, prolonged states of confusion, problem recognizing friends and family. He needs full-time supervision at this stage, due to him hearing things, seeing things, loss of his impulse control, and difficulty organizing his thoughts. At this stage he can no longer read or write. Now, his disease is most difficult. With his increased memory loss and confusion, he has become more dangerous. He has begun to wander, talk to people who are not there, and do things out of the ordinary. Now he is suspicious, irritable, fidgety, teary, or silly. He is refusing to bathe, dress, or eat. He wakes up in the morning and thinks it is night. He will eat breakfast, and think he is still hungry. He forgets to get dressed. He has now begun the beginning stage of loss of time. He sometimes thinks he is twenty years back and getting ready for work, or become worried whereabouts of his children. Now he is talking to people who are not there, and begins to fight with him or her. This is a sad disease. This is the second stage to a death of Ralph's mind.

The final and third stage is the terminal stage of Ralph's AD. This stage will last about one to three years. It is like taking care of a full-grown baby. Ralph will look in the mirror and talk himself, because he does not recognize himself in the mirror. He no...

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