Memory/ Cognitive Psychology

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Memory/ Cognitive Psychology
Jennifer Burns
PSY326: Research Methods
Instructor:  Lisa Voorhees
Ashford University
May 20, 2013

Memory/ Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's and Dementia have come to the forefront in recent years as the baby boomers come of age. As scientist struggle to find a cure, the only thing people who suffer from them can do is wait. For the individual who suffers from this disease/disorder each day is a struggle, a struggle to hold on to what was once theirs. Though progress has been made to see which areas of the brain are affected, being able to prevent the disease/disorder has not. For the past fifteen years I have worked with individuals who each day watch their memory fade. Each day is a challenge, not only for me but for the people I care for and for their families. Picture yourself sitting in a room wondering where your life has gone. Wondering will today be a good day, that you will make it through the day with out forgetting who you are and where you are at. This is my life, this is what I work with everyday. Each day is a struggle to help those who are unable to help themselves. I selected my line of work after encountering a combative patient wondering the halls one day. I could hear wailing in the distance, I ran to see if I could help. What I saw was several of my staff members trying to coral this frail, scared woman in to a corner so that they could transfer her back into the memory ward unit of our facility. I could see that their actions were making matters worse, so I intervened. She was asking for her daughter and crying uncontrollably, so I asked her what was her name, she told me and I suggested we look for her together. Apprehensive at first, she took my hand and we started to walk. I could see the fear drain from her eyes as she began to trust me. I was able to lead her back into the unit where I sat with her for a while longer, until I knew...
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