Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Special Education

First Advisor

Ana Claudia Harten

Second Advisor

Ana Claudia Harten

Third Advisor

David C. Winters


Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a condition which deteriorates the brain and results in a form of dementia. Its the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and its symptoms have significant impact on both individual with AD and their caregivers. Family members are often confused and overwhelmed with an AD diagnosis. This thesis incorporates a comprehensive literature review that addresses four significant areas of need for individuals with AD: Feeding, communication, behavioral, and activities of daily life. The booklet highlight the importance of family education as they navigate the unfamiliar road of AD.