Alzheimer’s Disease and the Symptoms

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In 1906 Aloysius Alzheimer was a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist who was credited for identifying the very first diagnosed case of “pre senile dementia” later to be known as Alzheimer’s disease. One hundred and seven years later we are still not completely sure of the causes of this disease and why only certain people get it. There are nearly eight million people in the world with Alzheimer's disease and it’s an advancing and irreversible disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions along with behavior. It can result in loss of intellectual and social skills and it can get to the point where it interferes greatly with day to day activities making daily tasks extremely difficult or nearly impossible. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and people with this disease tend to live and average of about eight years after their symptoms become really noticeable to others around them, however, people can survive about four to twenty years with this disease depending on their age and health conditions. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease will gradually worsen of a period of months to years and the progression of the disease varies from person to person. Early detection of the disease plays a key role in the management and care of the patient with this horrible disease. In the beginning stages forgetfulness and mild disorientation may be the only things you notice. Over a period of time the disease progressively worsens and you will notice more and more memory loss with both short term and long term memory, confusion of dates and times (among other things), and the person having a difficult time organizing their thoughts. Memory… It is normal to misplac... ... middle of paper ... ...s: Regulatory perspectives and requirements. Retrieved December 5, Psychiatry, D. o. (n.d.). Result Filters. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved December 5, 2013, from, from Research and Markets: Global Alzheimer Disease Report 2013 (Updated): New Drugs, Markets and Companies. (n.d.). Research and Markets: Global Alzheimer Disease Report 2013 (Updated): New Drugs, Markets and Companies. Retrieved December 5, 2013, from Shiel Jr. MD, FACP, FACR, W. C. (n.d.). Alzheimer's Disease Causes, Symptoms, Stages, Signs, Treatment, Dementia, Medications - MedicineNet. MedicineNet. Retrieved December 4, 2013, from
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