Alzheimer’s disease


Patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease usually experience symptoms in their mid to late 60s. These symptoms usually include memory loss and confusion, developing to severe dementia. Because of their confusion, Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes sometimes wander from their rooms or beds and fall and injure themselves, accidents that can sometimes be fatal.
Forensic nursing may be required in such situations. Nursing homes are accountable for the accidents that occur in their facilities. The extent of the Alzheimer’s disease in the patient sometimes needs to be determined for legal reasons. This is accomplished by examining the brain and the presence of neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. (Lehne, Richard A. Pharmacology for Nursing Care, 6th ed.)

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