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You have been asked by a local senior center to conduct a presentation regarding culturally competent responses to Alzheimer’s patients (or others diagnosed with a neurological disease associated with dementia) by mental health professionals.
For this discussion, prepare an informational flyer to support this presentation. Include the following:
- Explain how the disease affects the structure and function of the brain.
- Explain how changes in the brain due to the disease affect learning and memory, incorporating recent research findings into your description.
- Summarize the potential for ageism to affect the quality of care that an Alzheimer’s patient might receive from a mental health professional.
- Suggest ways for mental health professionals, patients, and family members to collaborate effectively in prioritizing the patient’s management of the disease.
Use at least three scholarly references to support your argument. You may opt to make this flyer two pages. Focus on the content rather than the formatting and graphics.
Carlson, N. R. (2014). Foundations of behavioral neuroscience (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.