Random Nursing Tip

Posted: June 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

Psych Circus

Illnesses have some features that are diagnostic and widely known.

Alzheimer’s Disease, for instance, is the most common form of dementia. Memory loss is the hallmark symptom.

There are other symptoms, of course. One of the lesser known symptoms often creates misunderstandings and trouble.

Infants have a grasp reflex: put your finger on a little palm, and those little fingers grab it. It’s a spinal cord reflex that doesn’t involve the infant’s brain: automatic. In time , that little brain grows and takes greater control over movement, suppressing the reflex.

Interestingly, with Alzheimer’s the grasp reflex may return as a damaged brain loses the ability to mask it. Someone may grab on to your arm or a handrail and form a firm grip. It’s automatic: they may well be as surprised as you are, if they notice at all.

Sadly, others sometime mistake this reflex for a person intentionally grabbing…

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