Date of Graduation

5-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

Advisor

Hagstrom, Fran

Reader

Aslin, Larry W.

Second Reader

Agan, Joseph Paul, 1969-

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore how women in their midlife years use activities of daily living to address possible memory loss by exploring their personal experiences. The review of the literature provides an overview of memory disorders including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias as well as three specific aspects of memory that are affected by these: verbal, spatial, and procedural memory. A questionnaire that targeted women between the ages of 50 and 60 years of age was distributed via social media and e-mail for four weeks. Eighteen women completed the questionnaire. Results of the study suggest that these mid-life women were concerned about memory loss even if they did not have a family history of dementia; that they were physically active but thought more sedate activities such as reading would preserve memory; and that they did not report changing their activities to align with their beliefs about the activities that would preserve memory.

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