With new technology, the disease can be predicted years before symptoms begin. Genetic testing is one of the new technology utilized to diagnose Alzheimer’s. Due to this disease not having a cure, genetic counseling is required prior to testing, at time results of tests are reviewed, and afterwards if one is tested positive for the genes associated with this disorder. General Information Alzheimer’s dementia was officially discovered in 1907 by a researcher named Alois Alzheimer. She had a patient in which memory loss and other brain issues deteriorated rapidly resulting in death a short period later (Castellani, Rolston, & Smith, 2010).
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Alzheimer’s disease is a deadly progressive form of atrophy that affects millions of people around the globe. Alzheimer’s disease also referred to as AD accounts for 70% of dementia cases diagnosed. Two significant reasons linked to the development of AD are genetic influences and lifestyle/environmental factors, while two of its primary effects are death of nerve cells and tissue loss within the brain as well as interference in the patient’s daily life. One of the main causes for Alzheimer’s is the genetic component related to family bloodlines. Genes manipulate the function of every cell in our bodies, including basic characteristics and potential disease development.
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Also the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease will be addressed. Included will also be tips on how to make the life of an Alzheimer's patient easier. What is Alzheimer's Disease? "Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia, a neurologic disease characterized by loss of mental ability severe enough to interfere with normal activities of daily living, lasting at least six months, and not present from birth. AD usually occurs in old age, and is marked by a decline in cognitive functions such as remembering, reasoning, and planning.
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Dr. Alzheimer has touched many lives with his findings about Alzheimer’s disease. A German Psychiatrist, Emil Kraepelin had worked with Dr. Alzheimer and named this disease after him. By 1968, researchers and doctors started to see the increase in the diagnosis of the disease in older adults. The cureless disease, Alzheimer’s is affecting many elders and their families; it is the sixth leading cause of death in the Unites States (“About Alzheimer’s”). Many researchers and scientists have been trying to find what causes this disease and they have found that it has to do with neurological brain functions or genetics.
Alzheimer’s disease is described as a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and clarity to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate, and carry out daily life. (r.1) Alzheimer’s is a disturbing disease affecting millions of elderly people. A person’s risk for the disease is fifty-percent when they reach the age of eighty-five. (r.1) Scientists have been studying the disease for many years now in hope to find answers to a cure for this depressive disease. The disease is persistently being studied with the hope of cures, and a better understanding of how one person can conquer Alzheimer’s disease.