Most Common Cause Of Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease that can vary from 5 to 20 years. The most common cause of death in Alzheimer's patients is infection. Scientists do not yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer's disease. Age is the most important known risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Family history is another risk factor. Scientists believe that genetics may play a role in many Alzheimer's disease cases. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s are not limited to but include, memory impairment (impaired ability to learn new information or to recall previously learned information), and one or more of the following cognitive disturbances, aphasia (language disturbance),apraxia (impaired ability to carry out motor activities despite intact motor function),…show more content…
Amyloid fibrils are insoluble, highly organized protein aggregates and are associated with devastating disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and type II diabetes.( Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia among the elderly. The major depressive syndrome of Alzheimer’s disease may be among the most common mood disorders of older adults. Depression is a common and important complication of Alzheimer's disease that increases the suffering of patients and their families and produces excess disability, promotes institutionalization, and hastens death. Depression is also common in other types of degenerative dementia, including those that arise from Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Pick's disease, and in dementias of vascular origin. Degeneration of the major brainstem aminergic nuclei that occurs in Alzheimer's disease is likely to contribute to disturbances in perception, mood, thought, and…show more content…
Men and women with Alzheimer's disease might also differ in the pattern of cognitive deficits. They hypothesized that gender differences in the cognitive deficits of Alzheimer's disease may be related to pre-existing gender differences in cognitive functioning. Women with Alzheimer's disease have inferior visuoconstructive skills, but in addition they tended to perform worse in items for intellectual abilities than men. Women seem to have minor weaknesses in spatial thinking compared to men. This may explain the inferior test results of non-demented and demented women in visuoconstructive tasks. Gender differences in the neurodegenerative process of Alzheimer’s may add to gender differences in domain specific cognitive impairment, but further research on this topic is

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