- Discover essay samples


4.9 of 5.0 (17 reviews)

510 words

Alzheimer Page 1
Alzheimer Page 2
The above thumbnails are of reduced quality. To view the work in full quality, click download.


The Care It Takes

Taking care of an elderly person can be a difficult thing to, do especially when they have a disease called Alzheimer's. According to the Encarta Encyclopedia, "Alzheimer's is a disease marked by progressive loss of mental capacity." This is the exact problem that the Grandfather, Michael McMahon, has in the story Grand Opening. It is not easy living with someone who has Alzheimer's. The novel shows many examples of how hard it is to live with someone with the disease and all of the extra care you have to put forth.

A person who has Alzheimer's has a major problem remembering things. When the family was moving from Minneapolis to the small town of Plum, the Grandfather was very confused. During the entire trip they had to keep reminding him where they were going, even though they just told him where they were going five minutes ago. This is a burden on the family because they have to keep repeating themselves. No one likes to repeat themselves over and over again. The first night that they were in their new home, the Grandfather was so disorientated. Even after he was put to bed, he would repeatedly downstairs and ask Hank and Catherine where he was.

The second day in town, the grandfather did something that no one could believe. He just awoke form his nap when he heard a noise that was very familiar to him. It was the sound of a train whistle. He ran running to the window and saw the smoke from a train headed toward town. A memory was triggered in his head and he went running from the house toward the train. While running to the train, he started to think back to when he used to work on the train. He was tried to remember all of the people he knew that would be working on this line. This is a perfect example of a person that has Alzheimer's. They have flash backs and think that they are back in the past, instead of being in the present.

When he finally caught up to the train, he climbed on the locomotive and introduced himself to the engineer. He was immediately escorted off of the locomotive. He then walked to the back of the train and climbed aboard the caboose, climbed up to the brakeman's high seat and fell asleep, only to awake to the whistle of the train. He tried to collect his wits, but could not remember what train run he was on, since he did not recognize any of the material in the car, nor whom it belonged too. By the time he climbed down and went to the rear platform, the train was already underway. He stood on the rear platform and waved to everyone he passed, including two ladies. One of them turned out to be Catherine, and she could not believe what she saw. She jumped in her car followed the ...

You are currently seeing 50% of this paper.

You're seeing 510 words of 1020.

Similar essays

The Atomic Theory

In this report I will give a history on the development of the atomic theory. I will cover some of the most important dates in the development of atomic theory. An atom was first thought of by the Ancient Greeks who believed that matter was made of smaller particles called elements. The name they gave to these particles was the...

130 reviews
Atom and qi

Atom & Qi The atom is the smallest portion of a substance that is not perceivable by human senses. The notion of atoms was conceived by ancient Greeks and was developed over thousands of years of scientific inquiry. The concept of qi as the most basic substance of which the world (everything) is comprised, was understood by the ancient...

71 reviews
Phosphates in Water Pollution

Phosphates may be created by substituting some or all of the hydrogen of a phosphoric acid by metals. Depending on the number of hydrogen atoms that are replaced, the resulting compound is described as a primary, secondary or tertiary phosphate. Primary and secondary phosphates contain hydrogen and are acid salts. Secondary and...

81 reviews
Darwinism 2

Darwinism Darwinism, a scientific theory that supported the belief of evolution, was manipulated and applied to different areas of life, and thus it became the shaping force in European thought in the last half of the nineteenth century. Darwin, through observation of organisms, determined that a system of natural selection controlled th...

30 reviews

Class: Mammalia Order: Marsupial Family: Macropodae Genus and Species: Macropus Giganteus HOW THE KANGAROO GOT ITS NAME When European explorers first saw these strange hopping animals they asked a native Australian (aborigine) what they were called. He replied "kangaroo" meaning "I don't understand" your question. The e...

161 reviews
Ebola virus 3

The History of the Ebola Virus There are many diseases out there that do not have a cure nor even a simple treatment. The unfortunate ones lay on their deathbed, crying out for mercy or praying for a miracle to happen. Their bodies slowly deteriorate and eventually rest in peace. The Ebola Virus is held responsible for the lives of nearl...

201 reviews
Desert biome

DESERT BIOME Any barren region that supports very little life may be called a desert. The cold expanses of Antarctica, extreme northern Asia, and Greenland are therefore true, but cold, deserts. Most commonly, however, the term desert is used for regions that are barren because they are arid, or dry. Arid deserts receive little precipitati...

98 reviews

is a force than nothing can escape. Communities evolve constantly and although there is no standard of where a society should be at any given moment, communities evolve individually. Then in reaction to a developing community, people grow and change. Then in reaction to people evolving the tools that people use develop. This constant evolvi...

150 reviews

?? is an extremely rare genetic disease that was first identified in 1948 by W.L. Donohue. There have only been 49 cases reported worldwide since is first reporting in 1948 until 1987. This disease is also known as Donohue Syndrome, in his honor. Most patients die by the age of 10 months, although there have been cases of patients...

26 reviews
Environmental and genetic affects and schizophrenia

the relative importance of genetic and environmental factors in the aetiology of schizophrenia. Graeme Gordon ...poor Ophelia, divided from herself and her fair judgement without the which we arepictures or mere beasts... Shakespeare, Hamlet The term 'schizophrenia' (a...

133 reviews
Ebola 2

In 1976, Ebola virus made it?s first appearance in Zaire, Africa, causing the death of hundreds of people. The second outbreak occurred western Sudan, also in 1976. These were large outbreaks, resulting in more than 550 cases and 340 deaths. In 1979, Ebola mysteriously re-appeared in Sudan causing 34 cases and 22 fatalities. The most recent Eb...

71 reviews
Ebola virus

The Ebola Virus Cause of Disorder Ebola is a virus and part of the negative-stranded RNA family known as filovirus. It was discovered in 1976 in Africa and was named after a river in Zaire. When the virus is looked at under an electron microscope the filoviridae appear as being long, thin and occasionally they have 'branches' sprou...

177 reviews
Alcoholism 3

Alcohol consumption Alcohol, probably the oldest drug known, has been used at least since the earliest societies for which records exist. Of the numerous types of alcohol, ethyl alcohol is the type consumed in drinking. In its pure form it is a clear substance with little odor. People drink alcohol in three main kinds of beverages: BEERS, which...

90 reviews
Nuke waste

Radioactive wastes, must for the protection of mankind be stored or disposed in such a manner that isolation from the biosphere is assured until they have decayed to innocuous levels. If this is not done, the world could face severe physical problems to living species living on this planet. Some atoms can disintegrate spontaneously....

66 reviews
Atsisiųsti šį darbą