Understanding Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimers Disease Alzheimers disease is becoming a greater concern every day. “In the early 1900’s Alois Alzheimer, a German physician, described a middle-aged patient who experienced progressive problems with memory, language and behavior. After the patient died Alzheimer identified two changes in brain tissue that are essential features of the disease that bears Alzheimer's name” (Facts for health). Alzheimers is a progressive brain disease that is irreversible. It destroys basic memory skills and ultimately the capacity to do their daily routine. This disease is a very serious and common occurrence with people over the age of 60. The Alzheimers Disease Education & Referral Center states that this disease is almost the same as dementia.…show more content…
The person doesn’t exactly progress from one stage to another in order, a certain stage may be skipped or symptoms from multiple stages may be shown at one time. Changes in cognition also occur, “cognition refers to the ability of the brain to process, store, retrieve, and use information” (Ignatavicius, Workman). This assesses the person with Alzheimers for the lack of their certain abilities which may include: “attention, concentration, judgment, and perception, learning, memory, communication, language, and speed of information processing” (Alzheimer's Disease Fact…show more content…
Alzheimers begins with the deterioration of certain areas in the brain. The outcomes from that are the loss cognitive and physical attributes that will slowly lead to the patient’s passing. Alzheimers is a disease and is not a normal part of the aging process. Alzheimers usually appears in the age group of sixty and older. It is a “neurodegenerative disease” (Ignatavicius, Workman), which is the deterioration of the brain. The progression of Alzheimers can happen very fast and in time it will be fatal, scientists are continuously researching for potential treatments. “With the elderly population the fastest growing segment of North American society, Alzheimer's threatens to be an even greater health concern in the future decades” (Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet). Alzheimer's is being researched in main areas, biological and cognitive-behaviors. Since Alzheimers is not fully understood, there are only a handful of drugs to treat Alzheimers patients. Even though the drugs only slow the progression of Alzheimers, continuing research is being done to hopefully one day find a cure for this very serious

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