As people grow old and join the senior community many changes arise, some of these changes involve health related issues. People grow and make memories throughout their lifetime but sadly there is a condition that erases them all, it is call Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a type of Dementia that attacks the brain and affects memory, thinking and behavior. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and it is a progressive disease that has no cure. Currently, more than five million Americans over the age of sixty five are suffering from this condition, which is the 6th leading cause of death among seniors.
This disease doesn’t only make you lose your memory but it also affects thinking, language, behavior, and the tasks of daily life. Having other diseases and other things wrong with you can make Alzheimer’s worse. Signs and Symptoms Some signs of Alzheimer’s disease is hard to detect. Not all memory loss and misplacing of things is Alzheimer related, which is why it is hard to detect. When it is noticed that someone is experiencing signs of Alzheimer’s, the person should see the doctor if it has been going on for a long time.
Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease has been thought of as affecting only our geriatric population. This is not true. There have been cases of individuals as young as 40 with what is called early onset. Currently, the market houses a select few medications that have been approved to prolong the unfortunate outcome, but there still is much unanswered. Medical experts are unsure of how to prevent the development of this disease as well as what exactly the causative agent is.
Since then research has developed a deeper understanding of the changes in the brain. Warning sign’s of Alzheimer's are memory loss that affects home and job skills, problem in speaking, poor judgment, and difficulty in learning. The last stage of Alzheimer's disease is when you’re unable to take care of yourself. The disease can last from 3 to 20 years from the time of onset of symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease affects as many as 4 million Americans.
The horrible feeling of forgetting a coworker’s or an acquaintance’s name may be one of the most frustrating things a person can experience. This is a fact that many patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s face on a reoccurring basis. Loss of memory is a common part of the aging process and is sometimes referred to as dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and is not reversible in this day and age. In fact, 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases are Alzheimer’s and in 2015 more than 5.1 million cases age 65 or older were reported (Alzheimer’s Association, 2016).
The factors of depression are open for interpretation, which results in different doctors looking for different things. In addition to that, elderly people may not exhibit the traditional symptoms of depression either. Aged individuals may have symptoms of depression that go unnoticed due the fact that those symptoms are being attributed to a different ailment. "One half of all depressed patients seen by general physicians are not identified as depressed (August 1995)." Also, some of the things people look for in detecting depression are things that society seems to think are the norm for our elders (October 1999).
In some cases, it can have an early onset for as early as 40 to 50 years old. Alzheimer symptoms differ depending on its stages, which can worsen over time. This includes, absent-mindedness, confusion in situations outside the norm, speech impairment, difficulty in retaining information, loss of self-awareness, and debilitating cognitive deficit. Alzheimer has no known cure and treatments are primarily focused on slowing its progression. Providing care for a person with Alzheimer’s requires patience, understanding, and continuous effort.
Changes in the brain may begin to develop as much as twenty years before diagnosis  (Figure 1a). Mild to moderate Alzheimer’s (Figure 1b) may last two to ten years . In this stage, there is very mild cognitive impairment including memory lapses in association with familiar words or location of objects... ... middle of paper ... ...neurons. As a result, many of the functions most humans take for granted such as eating, dressing, and remembering names is lost to those whose brain is impeded by the beta-amyloid plaques. Conclusion: Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease, the diagnosis of which marks a long and painful journey through neurofibrillary degeneration.
Alzheimer cannot be cured, it cannot be slowed, but there are ways to keep the effected person at a certain level of comfort, independence and safety that is relevant to their survival, emotionally and physically. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive illness that destroys certain functions of the brain such as memory and thinking abilities. Alzheimer’s usually affects those who are 60 years and older but has been known to occur sooner, it is thought of as an elderly disease. Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is not the same as being diagnosed with cancer or other physically sickening diseases because it takes many years and several stages to reach its full intent. There are four stages of the Alzheimer’s disease ranging from simple forgetfulness in the beginning stages to being completely dependent on a caregiver to fulfill even the most basic needs, these symptoms are a result of amyloid plaques and neuro fibrillary tangles in the brain.
A small percentage of those with the disease have early-onset Alzheimer’s. Of those who have early-onset Alzheimer’s an even smaller percentage have early-onset familial Alzheimer’s, which is the development of Alzheimer’s before the age of 65 along with the existence of a close relative who has the disease. This type of Alzheimer’s usually affects people in their 40’s or 50’s and is very rare (Huether & McCance, 2012). The third and most common type of Alzheimer’s is late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Late-onset Alzheimer’s dise... ... middle of paper ... ...ogress-report/understanding-biology-alzheimers Spremo-Potparevic, B., Živkovic, L., Plecas-Solarovic, B., & Bajic, V. P. (2011).