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Hello my name is Courtney Cumby. I plan to go to Dalton State in the fall, and major in nursing. For my senior project I chose to work with Alzheimer's and dementia patients. I want to go into the medical field when I am older, so I thought this would be a great way to help me figure out what part of the medical field I would like to go into. My product for my project is memory boards that I made with each of the residents.
For my research paper I researched Alzheimer’s and dementia disease. I learned a lot about this disease. It is a progressive disease that destroys memory another important functions. It causes problems with thinking and behavior. The symptoms develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. There is no cure to this awful disease. There is treatment for the symptoms. The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering newly learned information because Alzheimer’s changes typically begin in the part of the brain that affects learning.
For my product I made memory boards with the Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. The purpose of the memory board is to help the patients try and remember the times in the pictures. This was a very difficult task to do. It is not easy trying to work with these patients. Some days they would not be in the mood to do anything. They often get sidetracked also. It was not always easy with keeping them on task; so I would say that was quiet a challenge.
I am planning on going into the medical field. I want to become a nurse, but I do not know what type of nurse I want to be yet. This project helped me figure out if I want to be a nurse and work with the elderly, or the young. It showed me a whole new perspective of what its really like to work in the medical field. It is not always a pleasant job, but is actually very difficult.
The senior project helped me in a very positive way. It helped me see the career I want to be a part of one day in a whole new way than I originally saw it. I feel like I have a new level of interest for this career than I did before starting the senior project, all because of the impact the project had on me. Thank you for your time.
Sincerely, Courtney Cumby