Genetics and Alzheimer’s

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Discussion Question

By the due date assigned, respond to the case study questions below and submit your responses to the Discussion Area.

Respond to the question using the lessons and vocabulary found in the readings. Support your answers with examples and research. Your responses should clarify your understanding of the topic. They should be your own, original, and free from plagiarism. Follow APA format for writing style, spelling and grammar, and citation of sources.

Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by analyzing each response for completeness and accuracy and by suggesting specific additions or clarifications for improving the discussion question response. Complete your participation for this assignment by the end of the week.

Case Study – Genetics and Alzheimer’s disease

Ms. D is a 41 year-old woman who presents to her primary care doctor for a routine annual exam. Her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago. Ms. D. is caring for her mother, which has become increasingly difficult. She is concerned about developing Alzheimer’s disease in the future.

Family History: Ms. D. is the youngest of 3 children. She works in the fashion industry and is happily married with 2 sons. Aside from having high cholesterol, she is healthy. Her parents emigrated from Russia before she was born. Her father died from a heart attack at age 68. Her mother, age 75, is currently living with Ms.D. and has Alzheimer’s disease.

Question answers should be based on evidence found in readings and from peer-reviewed literature. At least two sources must be used and cited in APA format for each question. Only one source can be a textbook. Resources should generally be within 5 years unless you are explaining the pathophysiology of a disease or providing pertinent background information

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is known about the inheritance pattern and genetic risk factors for the development of Alzheimer’s disease?
  2. Describe the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.
  3. Describe risk factors for development of Alzheimer’s disease and whether any are modifiable.

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