Alzhiemers Disease Essay

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Alzheimer’s Disease We all have that moment. We forget where we put our keys. We can’t remember that one thing we needed from the grocery store. You forget a name you just learned. These memory losses are ever so inconvenient. However, sometimes these small memory losses can escalate to something much worse. What would you do if you or a loved one was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? To start off with, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a serious brain disorder that effects daily living through memory loss and cognitive changes. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that can range from occasional memory lapses to extreme cases of neurological impairment and even death (Clinic, n.d.). Alzheimer’s occurs when chemical and structural changes in the brain start to destroy the ability to create, remember, and learn as a person normally could. As critical cells start to die off, people affected with Alzheimer’s begin to lose their personality and their body system will start to fail. Now let’s talk about statistics. Ten percent of people over the age of sixty five and fifty percent of people over the age of eighty five have Alzheimer’s. Every sixty seven seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's is not just a disease for older people. Younger/early-onset Alzheimer's affects people younger than age 65. According to alz.org, about 5 percent of the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s have younger/early-onset. This disease is so serious that More than 500,000 seniors die each year from Alzheimer's (america, 1980). If Alzheimer's was eliminated, half a million lives would be saved a year. It is estimated that by the year 2050 about 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s, and sadly there is no surefire way to completely prevent Alzheimer’s disease. (america, 1980) Unfortunately, some people have

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