Alzheimer’s disease is also the sixth leading cause of death in North America. Furthermore, it is the only leading cause of death that is still increasing in prevalence. Not only fatal, Alzheimer’s is also severely crippling for all the friends and family that are affected by the patient. The memory loss and dementia that is directly linked to Alzheimer’s disease can cause the patient to forget the identity of their loved ones. For the people that have known the patient for many years, this can be very devastating.
Without a new cure it is estimated that alzheimers will affect over 14 million people by 2050. The elderly are the most infected with the disease and its still spreading. Other disease in common with Alzheimer’s is multi-infract dementia, Huntington’s disease, Pick’s disease, and Parkinson disease. People wonder if Alzheimer is genetic “meaning runs in families” the answer is the evidence isn't clear. Doctors and Physicians say if you have a by blood family member with Alzheimer's there's a slightly greater chance of getting or having the Alzheimer's disease.
In 2013 it was estimated that approximately five million people in the United States has Alzheimer’s and of those, thirty-two percent are eighty-five or older (Alzheimer's Association, 2013). In 2012 Alzheimer’s was recognized by the World Health Organization as a public health priority. It estimated that there are more than thirty-five million people in the world with AD and that number could triple by 2... ... middle of paper ... ...erson loses more motor functions. Pain on movement becomes more significant as a result of immobility and stiffness of muscles and joints. The most common cause of death related to AD is aspiration pneumonia.
Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death. It has become “a significant health problem in the last twenty five years because of increasing life spans and the scientific recognition that significant memory loss is not a normal part of aging” (Akbar 8). Although there is no current cure, treatments are available for the symptoms of this disease. The progressive effect of Alzheimer’s on elders is catastrophic and disables elders from living normal lives. This disease shows interesting data.
A solution would be to find a cure by research and testing. Alzheimer’s Disease does not only affect the elder, it also affects the people around him/her as well. Alzheimer’s Disease is a major problem in the United States at this time. One problem is the stress that gets put on family members of the patient. According to the “Alzheimer’s Disease” article, back in 2006 the average cost of care for a patient who just recently got diagnosed is $18,500 per year.
Approximately 15 percent of people who are over 65 will develop some form of dementia; by the age of 85 that percentage increases by at least 35 percent. Alzheimer's is the most common dementia, nearly four million Americans suffer from it. Alzheimer's is a very complex disease. So complex that very little has been discovered about it but that is rapidly changing. Findings from epidemiology, genetics, molecular and cell biology are fitting together in the Alzheimer's puzzle, helping researchers to identify some of the mechanisms that underlie it.
Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain that causes a steady decline in memory. This results in dementia, which is loss of intellectual functions severe enough to interfere with everyday life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting ten percent of people over 65 years old, and nearly 50 percent of those age 85 or older. My grandmother was diagnosed with “probable” Alzheimer’s disease over two years ago. After finding this out, I wanted to know more about this particular disease.
Alzheimer¡¦s disease is a slow, progressive disease with no known cure. The treatment for Alzheimer's is still in the early stages but there are many drug treatments available which help slow its progression, and help with cognitive functions. As our population ages, Alzheimer¡¦s is only a tragedy that will affect more and more people.
Introduction: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive memory loss and mental deterioration. AD is the most common form of presenile dementia and is estimated to affect over 4.7 million Americans. Due to the rising cost of health care and the age of onset of the affected individuals, AD has become a serious problem nation-wide. In 2013 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that around 203 billion dollars have been spent towards AD related health care. The CDC also estimates by year 2050 the number of affected individuals nation-wide will quadruple, and further estimated a national expenditure of 1.1 trillion US dollars (PMID 23507120).
World Alzheimer Report 2013 had reported that over 35 million people have Alzheimer’s or related dementia (Alzheimer’s Disease International, 2013) and 33% of seniors die due to Alzheimer’s or other dementia. From 21 studies made, $1500 to $ 91000 is required for an individual’s Alzheimer’s therapy. Global cost is estimated to be $ 604 billion, 1% of entire world’s gross domestic product (Alzheimer’s Disease International, 2010). Senile plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, loss of synapses and degeneration of basal forebrain cholinergic neurons are the neuropathological hallmarks of this disease (Shen et al., 2005). It is a neurodegenerative disorder with unknown cause (Blennow et al., 2006).