Dr. John Chovan
Alzheimer's Disease, Pathophysiology, Nursing
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) has impacted me on a personal level and professional level. I witnessed my grandfather slowly slip away at the hands of AD over the course of a decade. As a psychiatric nurse, I have provided care for geriatric patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and stuck in a cycle of acute psychiatric distress and chronic neurodegeneration.
Over 100 years ago, Dr. Alois Alzheimer first described AD. (Alzheimer’s Association, 2016)
In 1994, former President Ronald Reagan put AD in the spotlight when he publicly shared his diagnosis. (Alzheimer’s Association, 2016)
In 2013, the CDC estimates as many as 5 million Americans suffered from AD.
By 2050 a nearly three-fold increase in AD cases will impact 14 million Americans (CDC, 2015).
The progress and impact of AD research can be as slow as the pathophysiologic changes in the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient. So where are we today and where will we be tomorrow, in relation to Alzheimer’s Disease?
Shaffer, Sherry L., "Alzheimer's Disease Today & Tomorrow" (2016). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship. Paper 169.