The Association between Verbal Fluency Deficits, Depression, And Quality of Sleep among Alzheimer ’s disease Patients

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dc.contributor.author Ambika, Shivashanmugam
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-13T08:14:01Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-13T08:14:01Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/3591
dc.description A Thesis Submitted to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology en_US
dc.description.abstract Alzheimer’s disease represents a growing health challenge in the elderly population across the globe. The disease is associated with negative implications on survival, cost-of-care, and quality-of-life (World Alzheimer Report, 2015). Of the various debilitating cognitive symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease, language deficits are associated with much greater clinical relevance because of its interference with aspects such as self-care, recreational activities, employment, and behavior. One of the early signs of aphasia in Alzheimer’s disease is impairment in verbal fluency (Ferris & Farlow, 2013). Because of the widespread trend of bilingualism in today’s scenario (Ansaldo & Saidi, 2014), it is essential to study language deficits within the framework of the bilingual brain. Therefore, in this study, second language deficits as measured by verbal fluency tasks were assessed in Alzheimer’s disease patients as compared to healthy elderly individuals. Additionally, the study evaluated the relationship between second language deficits and depression and sleep disturbances in Alzheimer’s disease patients relative to healthy older individuals. No correlation was found between depression and sleep and verbal fluency tasks in Alzheimer’s patients. However, the rate of depression was significantly higher in Alzheimer’s patients. In healthy individuals, there was a significant effect for habitual sleep efficiency on semantic task scores, F(1, 6) = 6.069, p = .049. Furthermore, semantic task score was significantly higher than phonemic task score in healthy individuals, t(9) = 3.939, p = .003, suggesting an increased cognitive load associated with the phonemic task. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher United States International University - Africa en_US
dc.subject Verbal Fluency en_US
dc.subject Deficits en_US
dc.subject Depression en_US
dc.subject Quality of Sleep en_US
dc.subject Alzheimer en_US
dc.subject Patients en_US
dc.title The Association between Verbal Fluency Deficits, Depression, And Quality of Sleep among Alzheimer ’s disease Patients en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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