Research Proposal on Aging Mind and Memory

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Aging mind and memory

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Abstract3
Introduction4
Objectives5
Methods6
Discussion7
Conclusion11
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Appendix17
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abstract

The research aims at determining the affect of dementia on the lives of individuals and how it impacts on their social interactions. The research will also identify the ways in which aging individuals can refrain themselves from falling prey to this disease. It will highlight some important information for caregivers who will better understand this disease and will know how to deal with people who have this disease. As we all know prevention is better than cure hence it is important to know what dementia is and how it can be curbed or avoided. If any form of dementia is identified in the earlier stages of development it can be slowed down. Studies and researches suggest that dementia is gradually becoming prevalent in our society. It is important to analyze and evaluate the impact it has on individuals and their behavior. This study focuses on analyzing whether dementia leads to depression and other diseases and what precautionary measures may be taken by caregivers to reduce its impact. A personal contact with a close one suffering from Alzheimer’s lead me to believe that patients who suffer from this disease develop feelings of depression and anxiety. I strongly believe that such feelings are developed by most of the patients suffering from dementia. This research will set out to prove that dementia causes feelings of depression and anxiety. It is a correlation study. The research proposal entails how the variables will be operatioanlised and how this research will be conducted.

Introduction

This research proposal is an attempt to study the effects of Aging on the most complex organ of the human body, the brain and to assess the associations between perceptions of aging and behavior. Hypothesis:

30% or more aging adults suffer from dementia which deteriorates their quality of life and leads to depression and other diseases.

It is very important to know the difference between age-related impairment of memory and dementia. While age-related impairment of memory is a normal aging process and can be improved or avoided by regularly exercising and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, dementia is a more serious and complex illness that eventually leads to complete loss of cognition and eventually death. There are many different forms of dementia. One of the most common forms of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists estimate that around 4.5 million people now have Alzheimer’s disease (National Institute on Aging). Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. The risk of developing Alzheimer’s increases with age, in most people the symptoms start to appear after age 60. It is important to know that Alzheimer is not a part of normal aging process but is a fatal disease. A lot of people are of the view that feelings of depression and anxiety eventually develop as an individual ages, however, this may not be true. Feelings of depression and anxiety eventually develop when an individual suffers from dementia. Such feelings can be curbed by providing proper care and attention to patients who are suffering from this disease.

Objectives

The research report is an attempt to study the effects of Aging on the most complex organ of the human body, the brain and to assess the associations between perceptions of aging and behavior. The purpose of this research is to find out whether dementia leads to depression and anxiety.

Methods

The methodology to gather data for this purpose is to conduct interviews from individuals who are suffering from this disease, who are taking care...
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