Each year, scientists are uncovering important new clues about potential causes of the disease, which is helping to generate more accurate diagnostic tests and better treatment options fo... ... middle of paper ... ...ligations, but most people retain or eventually regain their interest. The person with Alzheimer's disease may remain disinterested and uninvolved in many or all of his usual pursuits. Scale for Stages of Alzheimer's Scale Stage Characteristics 1 Normal Adult No functional decline. 2 Normal Older Adult Personal awareness of some functional decline. 3 Early Alzheimer's Disease Noticeable deficits in demanding job situations.
This is a chronic disorder accompanied by severe memory impairment, while other thinking and social skills may remain intact (“Types of Dementia” n.d.). Conclusion As our aging population increases, so will the number of people who develop dementia. This condition is distressing for everyone involved, including the patient, family, and caregiver. As research continues, there is hope for a better quality of life for those affected. It is important to increase awareness, encourage prevention, and to be aware of the early signs and symptoms.
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. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of the aging process. It is not contagious, and it is not known how it can be prevented. While the physical changes in the brain are very similar among different people the behavioral and psychological symptoms that result are complex and may differ from person to person(Kawas, 80). These symptoms lead to a form of dementia which is the loss of mental skills and abilities, including self-care capabilities.
Of course the doctors go through many medical history, physical exams, lab tests, and the characteristic changes in thinking, day to day function and behavior associated with each type. It is easier to determine if someone has dementia but it’s harder to figure out which type of dementia someone has. There is a treatment for dementia but it depends on the cause. If your dementia is severe then sometimes it cannot be treated and there is no cure that slows or stops the progression. There is a path to effective new treatments for dementia, but it is only through increased research funding and participation in clinical studies.
There are many risk factors for Alzheimer’s but greatest known risk factor is increasing age. The majority of people with this illness are 65 and older but there are also some cases where there is early onset as well. Like all chronic diseases, Alzheimer’s symptoms gradually worsen throughout the years. The average survival rate of those with Alzheimer’s is eight years and unfortunately, there is no current cure for this disease. However, there are treatments available to lessen the severity of the symptoms and to increase the quality of life of Alzheimer’s patients.
There is still no cure for Alzheimer’s but throughout the past few years a lot of progress has been made. Doctors need a sure way to diagnose the disease before treatment or studies can be done. The diagnosis is an autopsy of brain tissue examined under a microscope. In addition, medical history, a physical exam, and mental status tests are used for diagnosis (Posen, 1995). Often, tests are done to rule out other potential causes of the dementia.
The symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are much more severe than simple memory lapses. This chart will kinda help you understand the difference. Activity A person with Alzheimer’s Disease Age- associated memory loss Forgets Whole experiences &... ... middle of paper ... ... for home repairs or products they don’t need. 6.Problems with abstract thinking, balancing a checkbook may be hard when the task is more complicated than usual. Someone with Alzheimer’s disease could forget completely what the numbers are and what needs to be done with them.
Alzheimer is a disease that affects the elderly most. The disease was discovered by Dr. Alois Alzheimer in the year 1906 when he was examining a female’s brain. He found out that the woman displayed memory loss, language problems and some inexplicable changes in behavior. The disease was named after the doctor who was a German psychiatrist and a neuropathologist. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that leads to memory loss, personality changes, and language problems (Gilbert & Julie 2).
Alzheimer’s is incurable and there is no current treatment that stops it from progressing. People with the disease slowly lose memory and the ability to do daily tasks. Researchers are still trying to understand how Alzheimer’s leads to loss of cognitive functions, behavioral, and psychiatric symptoms and how to reverse those changes to prevent or stop the disease. Treatments are prescribed by physicians to help manage symptoms for a limited time. As the disease progresses however, symptoms change over time, so doctors need to adjust their Alzheimer’s patients’ therapies as new problems appear.
It is not something that you can contract from another individual like the flu; this disease is something that starts progressing as an individual ages. Alzheimer’s is said to affect individuals who are 65 years or older, but it might have an onset earlier around the age of 60. Alzheimer’s is a major health issue as it affects 50 to 60% of the old age population (Blennow). Causes of Alzheimer’s disease Earlier Alzheimer’s was perceived as the most common cause of dementia rather than a form of dementia. With the development of technology and new discoveries, we have been able to develop a good understanding of the disease.