Date of Graduation

5-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Education

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

Advisor

Agan, Joseph Paul, 1969-

Reader

Hagstrom, Fran

Second Reader

Aslin, Larry W.

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine what activities and/ or level of human interaction will prolong language and functionality in Alzheimer’s disease in order to showcase the importance of therapy for those affected with Alzheimer’s. The participants will include 50 Alzheimer’s patients’ family members or close friends. Twenty five of these should have a relative affected by AD and living on their own or with family, and twenty five should have a relative that lives in an assisted living facility or nursing home. Each of the living situations will represent the stage of the disease the patient is in (mild, moderate, severe). A survey developed from the literature will be used to collect the data. The surveys will be distributed to doctor’s offices, community centers, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes where family members of patients can voluntarily fill out and submit the surveys anonymously. The data will be analyzed descriptively.

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