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.
There are two known risk factors. The first risk factor is age. Alzheimer’s usually affects people older than 60, and rarely affects those younger than 40. The average age ALZHEIMER’S 3 of diagnosis is about 80 years old (Johnson, 1989). The incidence is about the same for all races, but women are more likely than men to develop the disease, because they live longer.
Alzheimer’s Disease Nowadays, over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimer’s Association, 2013). This statistic is staggering, and unless a prevention or cure is found, it’s predicted that 16 million of Americans will have Alzheimer’s disease by 2050 (Alzheimer’s Association, 2007). Alzheimer’s disease can be either sporadic or familial. Sporadic Alzheimer’s disease can affect adults at any age, but usually after age 65. Familial Alzheimer’s disease is a rare genetic condition where one of several genes is mutated and finally lead to Alzheimer’s disease, usually in their 40’s or 50’s.
Alzheimer changes the brain through means of loss of newly learned information; it has signs of losing long and short-term memories, such as remembering names or even family members. Alzheimer’s changes the brain physically through causing the outer layer (Cerebral cortex) of the brain to shrin... ... middle of paper ... ...s, scientist and doctors are trying to find a cure. Medical research has tried to find the cure for this disease for years, they are able to find what causes the brain to develop such disease but are not able to prevent this from happening. Medicine has only shown to slow down the process of Alzheimer’s disease developing, but have not been able to cure or prevent it. Research show that there are many factors in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, study shows that in more industrious countries the percentage of patients with Alzheimer’s drop.
POSSIBLE CAUSAL OR CONTRIBUTING FACTORS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT ALZHEIMER'S The reasons for this disease are not fully know. However, there are some factors involved and age is the most important known risk factor related to Alzheimer's disease. The number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age 65. Family history or heredity is another risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Scientists have linked heredity to the (familial) rare, early-onset type of Alzheimer's.
It is a very serious disease that has many effects and requires specific medical care. The disease does not yet have a viable cure, but there are methods to help those with the ailment on top of those who are searching for a cure to this disease. Alzheimer's currently effects 5.4 million people, of the age of 65 or older, in America alone. This means that an astounding 1/8 percent of America’s elderly population is effected by this disease. It is estimated that in a mere 36 years the amount of people effected from this disease will increase from 13 to somewhere between 24 through 29 percent.
Furthermore, there is sometimes a very dominant pattern of inheritance of this disease, where a person has a fifty percent chance of acquiring it if either parent has Alzheimer’s (autosomal dominant transmission) (1,2). It is rare to acquire Alzhei... ... middle of paper ... ...al and family study of 22 twin pairs. Neurology, 1987, 37, 359-3B3. 4. Thomas, C. L. Alzheimer’s Disease.
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.
The disease is persistently being studied with the hope of cures, and a better understanding of how one person can conquer Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease contains no known single cause. Scientists are patiently and determinedly studying every aspect of the disease in hope to establish a precise cause. Late-onset Alzheimer’s cause relates to the increasing age of an individual and the family history of the disease. (r.1) Statistics exemplify the discovery of one specific gene which contributes to the increasing rate of late-onset Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s disease defined: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive, terminal, degenerative brain disease. It is the fourth leading cause of death in adults and currently affects over four million people in the United States. This number is expected to increase over the next several years as the baby boomers age, until it reaches fourteen million by the year 2025. Alzheimer disease generally occurs in people over seventy five years of age; however it does strike people in their forties, fifties, and sixties, but this is rare. When Alzheimer’s disease occurs prior to the age of sixty five, it is referred to as early onset Alzheimer’s.