The Family Caregiver: The Ethics Involved In The Treatment Of Alzheimer’s Disease
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Alzheimer’s Disease is a terminal brain disorder which causes the brain to slowly atrophy, changing many aspects of the lives of those afflicted, as well as those who care for them. Due to the unique nature of this illness that negatively impacts the personality, behavior, memory, and autonomy of the patient, many important ethical lessons can be learned during its study. This disease also presents an undue burden on the part of the millions of family caregivers who work long hours for no pay and next to no recognition from the medical field. In this thesis, I plan to explicate the major ethical issues that surround Alzheimer’s Disease, both in the case of the patient and in the case of the family caregiver. Along with ethical issues, this thesis will discuss what studies have found causes caregiver burden and potential solutions the medical field needs to utilize in order to maximize the quality of life both for the patient and the family caregiver.