MSN 5550 Health Promotion: Prevention of Disease
Case Study Module 4
Instructions: Read the following case study and answer the reflective questions. Please provide
rationales for your answers. Make sure to provide a citation for your answers. Must follow
APA, 7th ed. format.
Due: Saturday by 23:59 pm
CASE STUDY: Family Member with Alzheimer’s Disease: Mark and Jacqueline
Mark and Jacqueline have been married for 30 years. They have grown children who live in another
state. Jacqueline’s mother has moved in with the couple because she has Alzheimer’s disease.
Jacqueline is an only child and always promised her mother that she would care for her in her old
age. Her mother is unaware of her surroundings and often calls out for her daughter Jackie when
Jacqueline is in the room. Jacqueline reassures her mother that she is there to help, but to no avail.
Jacqueline is unable to visit her children on holidays because she must attend to her mother’s daily
needs. She is reluctant to visit friends or even go out to a movie because of her mother’s care needs
or because she is too tired. Even though she has eliminated most leisure activities with Mark,
Jacqueline goes to bed at night with many of her caregiving tasks unfinished. She tries to visit with
her mother during the day, but her mother rejects any contact with her daughter. Planning for the
upcoming holidays seems impossible to Mark, because of his wife’s inability to focus on anything
except her mother’s care.
Jacqueline has difficulty sleeping at night and is unable to discuss plans even a few days in
advance. She is unable to visit friends and is reluctant to have friends visit because of the
unpredictable behavior of her mother and her need to attend to the daily care.
1. How do you think this situation reflects Jacqueline’s sense of role performance?
2. How do you think that Jacqueline may be contributing to her own health?
Jacqueline’s sense of role performance in this situation is one of caregiving, responsibility and duty towards her mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. She feels obligated to fulfill her promise to care for her mother in her old age as she is her only child. This sense of role performance is causing her to prioritize her mother’s care over her own needs, interests, and responsibilities, which is taking a toll on her physical, emotional, and social well-being.
Jacqueline may be contributing to her own health issues in several ways. Her inability to focus on anything else other than her mother’s care is causing her stress, anxiety, and emotional exhaustion. She has limited time for herself, is unable to sleep properly, and has limited social interaction, which is affecting her physical and emotional health. The constant demand of caregiving, combined with her mother’s unpredictable behavior, is taking a toll on her overall well-being. Additionally, the lack of leisure activities, limited sleep, and constant stress can lead to physical health problems such as fatigue, burnout, depression, and other health issues (National Institute on Aging, 2021).
National Institute on Aging. (2021). Caregiving for a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia. National Institutes of Health. https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/caregiving-person-alzheimers-or-dementia