Dementia and Alzheimer's
During an average lifetime, one can expect to have at least occasional memory lapses from time to time. Usually it's something as simple as forgetting what you just did a few minutes ago, forgetting if you turned the stove off, or if you left your keys on the table or in the bathroom counter. Such lapses are relatively normal, but when they become a recurring theme, it's a more serious problem.
As people age, it is natural for them to experience a mild degree of memory loss.
In this essay I will conduct research on a topic that has raised my curiosity, which is what factors lead to Alzheimer’s disease and what are its stages? In order to answer these questions we need to know the term dementia, which helps in defining Alzheimer’s. Dementia is a continuous disorder of the mental processes, which is a result of the damage or injury of the brain shown by a change in the way people act and reason. Alzheimer’s is described as a form of dementia that results in loss of memory and the way people learn and remember things. I have never deeply analyzed and researched about the disease, however through the years I have gained some knowledge about it. I have heard that elderly people and those who have had family members diagnosed with the disease are at a higher chance of
Recently, many elderly people started losing their memory and the ability to perform simplest communication skills and tasks. They start to act as a child in his first years, thus, they require continues observation and care. Those elderly people have a contemporaneous disease that suddenly affected them without preliminary signs. People think that is a normal stage of being old, but actually it is not a normal stage. What kind of enormous malfunction in the brain can send an alert that place a person into a state of constant confusion? (Herb Brody, 2011).
Dementia isn’t merely a problem of memory. It also affects attention, language and ability to solve problems. Higher mental functions are affected first in the process. Especially in the later stages of the condition, those affected may not know what day of the week, month or year it is. They may have difficulty knowing where they are and may even not know who they are or who others around them are (even family
The race is on with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, this powerful and aggressive brain disorder which ruthlessly attacking our elderly and ultimately fatal. Every 67 seconds someone in the United States emerges with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is an epidemic and is the 6th leading cause of death in the elderly (Alzheimer's Association). Alzheimer’s disease is the most aggressive form of dementia. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease is usually slow and often go unnoticed until they start interfering with daily activities and task.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive degenerative disease that attacks the brain and results in impaired memory, thinking and behavior. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is the lost of thinking, remembering and reasoning so bad it screws up ability to do daily functions and eventually resolves in death. Dr. Alois Alzheimer’s first discovered the disease in 1906. 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. It can affect almost any age but still is more common in the ederly. As ageing population continues to increase, so does the disease. Today, 3% of the people ages 65 to 75 have alzheimer’s, 10% of those aged 75 to 85 have alzheimer’s and half the age 85 may have it to. 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. Many wonder if memory loss is a natural part of aging. The answer is yes and no, everyone has forgotten where he or she parked their car or the name of an acquaintance a one time or another. And many healthy individuals are less able to remember certain kinds of information as they get older. The symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are much more severe than simple memory lapses. This chart will kinda help you understand the difference.
Everyone forgets from time to time and even more as we age. Losing our keys, forgetting to turn the coffee pot off, or even losing our train of thought. These are common things that usually should not be worried about, but when one forgets where they are, gets lost in a familiar place or not recognizing someone whom they know, that’s when questions and concerns should arise. Alzheimer’s is one of the leading forms of dementia and could be causing the certain memory loss. This essay will talk about what Alzheimer’s is, the ages most affected, signs and symptoms, and treatments.
Dementia is a brain disease, it will affect the patient such as reducing the ability of memorizing and thinking gradually. Alzheimer's disease is one form of Dementia. Symptoms of this disease are people losing their short-term memory, like forget to take medicine, easily forget they are cooking after they handle unexpected events. And they will often loss their common sense, like unable to identify daily supplies. Furthermore, the ability of Eye–hand coordination is losed when people suffer the disease.
During the early stage, the memory lapses are happened. For example, the patient may have difficulty in remembering the latest events and conversations and get lost in places which they are used to being in. In the middle stage, as Alzheimer's increase, the patient will have problems with language and speech such as difficulty to find the suitable words when they talk. Also, there will be some behavioral and mood changes such as acting impulsively, repetitively, and obsessively, or being depressed, anxious, and confused. In the later stage of Alzheimer's , a person with Alzheimer's will often need a full time care from someone to help them in their daily life activities because they may not be able to do easiest things by their own . For instance, they may need help in washing, eating, using bathroom, and so
Since Alzheimer’s is the most common start of dementia I will start with that. Alzheimer's effects the brain by shrinking the actual brain and cell death. It disables your mental capacity and you begin to forget things, know how to do things, and form new memories.