Prospectus’ to guide the rest of the semester

Research Article:  Ways to identify and reduce early symptoms/stages of Alzheimer’s.


Dementia is a disease of the elderly.  Some people just think that as old people age they just get crazier but this isn’t at all the case.  Those crazy old people are more likely fighting a non-winnable battle with dementia.  The most common form of dementia is called Alzheimer’s disease and most people can agree that they unfortunately know someone that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  In my everyday job, I work with elderly population, most of which are stuck in one of the multiple stages of Alzheimer’s ranging from mild to severe.  I’ve been working with this population for over a year now and have seen a lot of my resident’s progress through the stages and this has been obviously very difficult for the families and myself due to the bond that we try to form with the residents.

Number 10, How well are people living with dementia?, 2012



Alzheimer’s is a disease that is most prevalent in the older population.  Unfortunately, there is no way thus far to cure this horrible disease, but there are ways to identify and lessen the effects of the early stages of this disease.  Through extensive research that I will share with others in my field I hope to help others identify these early symptoms and encourage others to seek help in understanding the different stages of this disease.  Since Alzheimer’s can be passed along through a family’s genetics I will share the information with the families that I work with so they can identify these early symptoms and how to manage them.



The outcome that I aspire to achieve is to gather enough information about early symptoms of Alzheimer’s and how to identify and manage these symptoms.  From there I want to share this information with others in my field and more importantly those who have a loved one who is affected by Alzheimer’s.  These families are most important because they are the ones that are

most susceptible to having another loved one suffer from the disease in the future.  This paper will hopefully create a foundation for me to be able to continue my education so I can have an even more profound effect on the care provided for an under cared for elderly population.



Find 2 Research articles and read/take notes


Find 2 more research articles and read/take notes


Find 2 more research articles and read/take notes


Make a rough outline of the paper


Write a section of the paper


Write another section of the paper


Write the final section of the paper


Bring paper to Writing center


Putting paper online finishing hotlinks and adding images


Finishing touches of paper



Research project: Evening seminar with friends and families about the early stages of Alzheimer’s and ways to manage them.


For my applied project, I would like to host an evening seminar about Alzheimer’s.  I want to invite the families of those I care for and also anyone else who would be interested in learning more about the disease.  I plan to make pamphlets to hand out prior to the seminar and have a Q&A session at the end.  I would like for this session to happen at the nursing facility that I currently work at.


My goal will be to inform my community about ways to manage the early stages of Alzheimer’s.  Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the older population and with the overall population getting older we will probably see an unfortunate rise in the disease.  I would like the educate people so that they are prepared because a lot of people that are diagnosed with this disease are blindsided and do not understand what this disease means for them.  I am thinking that I will video record the seminar in order to share it onto my ePort so others can see it and I will be able to expand my audience.

The Pointe at Kilpatrick, Bones and Brains Seminar at The Pointe, 2014


The outcome of this seminar will be to improve the knowledge about this terrible disease and hopefully help people understand that this disease is not a death sentence.  There are ways to manage this disease and still have a high quality of life after being diagnoses.  One of the keys to maintaining a high quality of life is understanding the different stages.



Meet with management and discuss a time and date to host the seminar

10/17-End of semester

Gather my information on topic, create pamphlets, and perform the seminar!

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2 thoughts

  1. Terrific. The RA scope is well-clarified and the topic should be conducive to research, and I think the AP is great. Please keep me posted on the where/when of the AP so I can help boost the signal on that; and remember that if you record, you will need to make sure to secure permission from anyone who is in the recording before you post it publicly…but I agree with you that making that resource electronically available could go a long way towards increasing the impact. The Senior Center in Plymouth might be a good place to host, but I can also help you arrange a really nice space (Frost House) on campus if that would be preferable. Let us know how we can help! Looking forward to seeing all of this emerge.

  2. Brandon, great outline and plan for your applied project and research article! You seem very passionate about the topic which will reflect in the outcomes of these. Perhaps to help with research you could interview docs in the field currently that have had experience treating and preventing this disease. They may give you more insight into the prevention that a research article may not.

    As for your project, I love that you are connecting your article to it. I think that a seminar is a perfect way to not only solidify your learning but share that learning and knowledge with others. Good luck, can’t wait to see the end results!

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