Alzheimer's Disease Essay

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As stated by actor Seth Rogen in an interview he gave to CNN, “I think until you see it [Alzheimer’s] first hand, it’s kind of hard to conceive how brutal it is.” These are the words of a man; who aside from being a comedian, actor, producer, director, screenwriter, and voice actor has had the chance to have someone really close to him suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. In the interview he describes how heartbreaking it is to see his mother in law with this disease and the matter of a fact is that it is very difficult when you hear stories like these, it is then that you realize the importance of cherishing every memory with those parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. that are already in the age perfect for Alzheimer’s to kick in and change their wholes lives drastically. To take a better grasp of what is Alzheimer’s disease; in the next few pages, this research paper will provide you with information that is key to help you better understand this disease. An important component of a disease is its history, and with Alzheimer’s disease: “which dates more than 100 years ago” (Cipriani, Dolciotti, Picchi, Bonuceelli), and it all started with a man by the name of Alois Alzheimer. “It was in a meeting of the Society of Southwestern German Psychiatrists in Tubingen where he first described a new discovery that he had made. Alois Alzheimer had first described the clinical and pathological features of an unusual brain disease (Cipriani, Dolciotti, Picchi, Bonuceelli 2010)”. Also, it was until later “ in 1910 that , Emil Kraepelin named the condition with the epo-nym of ‘‘Alzheimer’s disease’’ (AD) that is, now, the most common neurodegenerative disease with more than 25 million cases worldwide and a major medical problem nearing c... ... middle of paper ... ...cond stage is compensating, from what I got out of it, this means that when you compensate you take some burden off your shoulders and not try to do everything on your own to get help, “relying on partner, devices, and strategies” (Clare, 2002). Fighting is the third stage, and probably one of the most important ones. The way I view this stage, is life is a fighting cage and you have to prepared for everything and you just have to learn to fight life, to not let it beat you. If a person with Alzheimer’s wants to better her condition and she want to live longer she has to fight for life, for her family, for herself. The way Clare (2002) describes is, is fighting as long as we can, finding out more, talking about it, being useful, focusing on the good things. Finally, coming to terms is the last stage. “Balancing hope and despair, and to be accepting” (Clare, 2002).

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