This memory loss is slowly joined with forgetfulness, cluelessness of hygiene, impaired judgement, and loss of concentration. The later symptoms... ... middle of paper ... ...new treatments and earlier diagnostic. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, yet there is no cure. As the disease progresses, patients get worse and worse until death. This disease is caused by a buildup of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain, which do not let the brain function properly.
Family, friends, and especially those who provide daily care suffer immeasurable pain and stress as they witness Alzheimer's disease slowly take their loved one from them. The onset of Alzheimer's disease is usually very gradual. In the early stages, Alzheimer's patients have relatively mild problems learning new information and remembering where they have left common objects, such as keys or a wallet. In time, they begin to have trouble recollecting recent events and finding the right words to express themselves. As the disease progresses, patients may have difficulty remembering what day or month it is, or finding their way around familiar surroundings.
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.
They are many different warning signs or symptoms of Alzheimer’s. The onset of Alzheimer’s disease is very gradual. Most of the time patients will have mild problems learning new information and remembering to do routine things (Is it Alzheimer’s). Eventually people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease will become incapable and unable to care of themselves (World Almanac, 504). The warning signs of Alzheimer’s are difficulty with familiar tasks, slipping job performance, language difficulties, confusion of place and time, lack of judgment, problems in abstract thinking, misplacing objects, mood fluctuations, changes in personality, and lack of initiative (Medina, 14-15).
Changes in the brain may begin to develop as much as twenty years before diagnosis  (Figure 1a). Mild to moderate Alzheimer’s (Figure 1b) may last two to ten years . In this stage, there is very mild cognitive impairment including memory lapses in association with familiar words or location of objects... ... middle of paper ... ...neurons. As a result, many of the functions most humans take for granted such as eating, dressing, and remembering names is lost to those whose brain is impeded by the beta-amyloid plaques. Conclusion: Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease, the diagnosis of which marks a long and painful journey through neurofibrillary degeneration.
Alzheimer's disease is the source of the destruction or decline of brain cells or nerve cells. As a result of damaged nerve cells, the brain may have fewer bonds as compared to healthy brain cells. Amyloid plaques are outside the cell and are clusters of protein, Neurofibrillary tangles are proteins too, but they are inside the cell. It has not been confirmed on whether or not these protein clumps have any effect on Alzheimer’s or not, but they are ... ... middle of paper ... ...e destructive as she aged. It advanced to the point of not remembering her grandchildren, or even sometimes her children.
Since then research has developed a deeper understanding of the changes in the brain. Warning sign’s of Alzheimer's are memory loss that affects home and job skills, problem in speaking, poor judgment, and difficulty in learning. The last stage of Alzheimer's disease is when you’re unable to take care of yourself. The disease can last from 3 to 20 years from the time of onset of symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease affects as many as 4 million Americans.
Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer¡¦s disease is a slow, progressive, and degenerative disease of the brain. This disease is marked by a gradual loss of memory and other cognitive functions. "Alzheimer's Disease is also known as the most common cause of dementia--a general term referring to the loss of memory and the ability to think, reason, function, and behave properly" (Medina,1999). It primarily affects adults in their 60's or older and eventually destroys a person's ability to perform simple, routine tasks or even to care for themselves. Statistics show that "as many as 10 percent of all people 65 years of age and older have Alzheimer's," and that approximately "50 percent of all people 85 or older also have the disease" (WebMD, n.d.).
Alzheimer’s disease is a disorder marked by a gradual decline in brain function that gets worse with time. It used to be assumed that this change was a normal part of aging that we called senility. Some people develop this condition when they are as young as 40 years of age. However, the disease is most common in persons over the age of 65. It is estimated that approximately 10 percent of persons over 65 years of age may have Alzheimer’s disease and that in persons over the age of 85, up to 50 percent may be affected.
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.