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Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer’s disease is the disease of the century. This disease is affecting many lives, families, and caregivers. This research presented is to help educate on the topic of Alzheimer’s disease, which many people aren’t aware enough about. Statistics are given to show how extreme this disease is, and how many people it’s affecting in society. Also statistics are presented that give the amount of money being spent relating to Alzheimer’s disease. This research explains the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease. Also giving advice and strategies to help caregivers manage and support their loved one if they are struck with this disease. Not much is known for sure on what causes this disease, so everyone should be aware of what it is and what the signs are, because it can affect anyone, maybe even someone very close to you one day. It’s better to be aware, to be able to help, than to be unaware and put someone down for having difficulties in old age. The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time (Soukup, 1996). -Nietzsche Alzheimer’s disease is not a new disease, nor one confirmed to this century. In fact, the earliest documented mention of a condition that now looks like Alzheimer’s disease was in 500 B.C. when Solon, the famous Greek lawyer and philosopher, wrote that impaired judgement from old age could cause a will to be invalid (Gray-Davidson, 1996). It is only our awareness, which is new. One of the possible reasons why we hear so much about Alzheimer’s disease is because of the huge increase in the number of people living longer. While the actual span of human life has not rea... ... middle of paper ... ...many families and lives. Bibliography: Alzheimers.com. (2000). What Is Alzheimer’s Disease http://www.alzheimers.com/health_library/basics/basics_01_what.html Alzsf.org. (2000). About Alzheimer’s Disease http://www.alzsf.org/abtalz/abtalz.html Check, W. (1989). Medical Disorders and their Treatment Alzheimer’s Disease. New York: Chelsea House Publishers Gwyther,L. (2000). Care of Alzheimer’s Patients: A Manual for Nursing Home Staff Available: http://www.alzsf.org/abtalz.abtalz.html. Gray-Davidson, F. (1996). The Alzheimer’s sourcebook for Caregivers Los Angeles, CA: Lowell House PlanetRx (2000). The eCenter for Alzheimer’s http://www.planetrx.com/ecenter.alzheimers.diagnosis.0325_totell.html Soukup, J. (1996). Alzheimer’s Disease: A Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers
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