There will be a major paper due at the end of the course. The paper will consist of 8 to 10 pages and will have two parts; a researchable problem statement (as related to the field of the social sciences) and a review of the literature regarding the topic. Analyze quantitative or qualitative data in a clear and concise manner. Interpret data analysis results. Construct a thesis paper.
Topic: Caregivers of Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease
Abstract: I will describe the major changes in the patient?s behavior and highlight various stages of Alzheimer?s disease and look at issues that typically are involved with caring for an Alzheimer?s patient. This paper makes an effort to analyze several methods (qualitative and quantitative) used to conduct my research on a mixed methods study of hope, transitions, personal stories and quality of life in family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer?s disease.
* Does your assignment require specific sources?
* Is the essay based on a case study?
A mixed methods study of hope, transitions, and quality of life in family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease? Wendy D Duggleby, Jennifer Swindle, Shelley Peacock and Sunita Ghosh, http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2318/11/88
* Is the essay about a personal experience? If so, please include as many details as possible.
? Patient: Darnell Newton
? Gender: Male
? Age: 63
? Annual Income: Under 10k
? Relationship to Caree: Father
? Marital Status: Single
? Religious Preference: Muslim
I have been caring for my biological father for almost two years and it has been a traumatic experience. My husband and I are in the process of divorcing, my kids are embarrassed to bring friends over to the house or been seen with him. They went thru a rebellious/ jealous period of my caring for him. I have almost lost my job due his wondering and we have basically being living pay check to pay check. I am against putting him in a home even though he abandoned me as a child. My husband and kids won?t do anything to help me when it comes to taking care of Darnell anymore. We tried family counseling for a couple of months but the family wanted to stop going so we did. I feel so alone and miserable most of the time but, I know that God placed in my life for a purpose and I have to do what I feel is best.
I feel as if there is enough research and resources available on Alzheimer and the effects that it has on care givers. I intend to use medical journals, books, library, databases, internet resources, personal stories, and other credible research sources. I am very passionate about this disease since it has turned my life around. Even in my wildest dreams I didn?t think that I would now so much about AARP, Medicaid, SSI, Medicare, Nursing Homes, Home Health Aides, and social workers during this time in my life. Alzheimer’s disease is terrible and no one should have to go through all of that pain. It is not just bad for the person who suffers for the disease but also the family members and friends. Hopefully doctors and scientists will be able to find a faster way to diagnosis the disease and a treatment that can reverse the disease.
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