Visualize waking up one day and completely forgetting where you are, or how you got there. This forgetfulness could be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, causes slow progressive problems in the brain. “Alzheimer's disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases.” (Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia) Alzheimer’s affects certain tasks of the brain such as remembrance, decision, and day-to-day functions of the body. It predominantly affects adults older than sixty and ultimately destroys a person’s ability to focus, function, and care for themselves.
For reasons not well understood, these plaques and tangles take over healthy brain tissue, which devastates the areas of the brain associated with intellectual function. There are a number of behaviors which may signal that a person might be in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Here is a list of warning signs: (1) difficulty with familiar tasks, (2) slipping job performance, (3) language difficulties, (4) co... ... middle of paper ... ...ar the burden of caring for them. It is a slow, progressive disease with no known cure. As our population ages, Alzheimer’s is a tragedy that is affecting more and more people.
(r.1) Another popular theory for the cause of the disease other then genetics includes the decreasing of brains cells through either strokes or ageing. Beth Miller, an Alzheimer’s Association representative stated,” Persons may develop a miniature stroke where they may not even notice they are experiencing a stroke, but their brain cell count decreases. Too many of these miniature strokes can cause memory loss and result in Alzheimer’s.”(r.2) Beth explained that as [one] ages [your] brain cells begin to die off, causing permanent damage. [She] also stressed the fact that scientists have not concluded a specific cause for the Alzheimer’s disease, and they’re hoping with the development of new technology we may finally determine a single cause. (r.2) Alzheimer's disease is a progressive form of dementia that gradually destroys their memory, cognitive ability, and ability to fend for themselves.
One in ten people over the age of 65, and over half of those over 85 have Alzheimer’s disease. It is stated that over 15 million Americans will be affected by year 2050. One main reason for this is the rapid growth of the oldest age groups in the United States population. The number of individuals who are 75 to 84 years of age will double, and the number of people who are 85 years of age will quadruple believe it or not. This disease makes it very difficult for older people to go on with their daily routines.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, brain disorder that causes a slow and permanent decline in memory, language skills, perception of time and space, and, eventually the ability to care for oneself (Encarta, 1). Alzheimer’s is the most common from of dementia. Dementia is the impairment of memory and other mental powers due to a disease. It is also the fourth leading cause of death among older adults (Do You Need). According to the Alzheimer’s Association, about four million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s.
A person with Alzheimer’s loses connections between neurons in the brain (1). Scientists do not know exactly what causes Alzheimer’s, but scientists say the disease develops a complex series of events that take place in the brain over a long period of time (3). Alzheimer’s is known to cause dementia with older people. Dementia is the loss of thinking, remembering, and reasoning. Dementia affects daily life and activities just like Alzheimer’s (“Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet”1).
As people grow old and join the senior community many changes arise, some of these changes involve health related issues. People grow and make memories throughout their lifetime but sadly there is a condition that erases them all, it is call Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a type of Dementia that attacks the brain and affects memory, thinking and behavior. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and it is a progressive disease that has no cure. Currently, more than five million Americans over the age of sixty five are suffering from this condition, which is the 6th leading cause of death among seniors.
Symptoms show before the age of 60. AD is the most common form of dementia for older people (About Alzheimer’s Disease). Millions of people come down with brain disease every year. Two of the most deadly are Alzheimer's and brain tumors. Finding ways to prevent and treat these diseases are not easy.
Plaques and tangles in the brain are two of the main features of Alzheimer’s disease. The third is the loss of connections between nerve cells (neurons) in the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear after age 60. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease.
During an autopsy of the brain, he discovered that there were deposits of neuritic plaques surrounding the nerve cells and twisted fibers, known as neurofibrillary tangles, inside of the nerve cells. These observations became the definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The plaques and tangles that develop are a natural part of aging; however, they develop far more aggressively in Alzheimer’s victims. The plaques and tangles then block communication among nerve cells and disrupt the cells processes, eventually killing them. This destruction causes memory failure, personality changes, and problems carrying out everyday functions.