Alzheimer 's Disease : A Progressive Disease Of The Human Brain

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Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease of the human brain that is characterized by impairment of memory and other mental functions. This disease is commonly recognized by older adults over the age of 65. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, which is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities(National Institute of Aging). Alzheimer’s disease is ranked third in cause of death for older people.
Alzheimer’s disease was named after a German Physician Alois Alzheimer. He met a 51 year old woman, Auguste Deter, in which she was having strange behavior and increasing short-term memory loss. Alzheimer teamed up with a psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin to help come up with a condition for Deter. Deter became Alzheimer’s main focal point in research. He moved her into a psychiatric clinic in Munich to study her case and conduct microscopical investigations on other diseases such as epilepsy (Biography.com). She eventually Deter died in 1906 leaving Alzheimer to claim records of her autopsy. He identified that there was a shrinkage in the cortex and the plaque buildup. The cortex is the area in the brain that involves memory, thinking, judgement and speech. These buildup of plaque was distinctive enough to warrant a diagnosis of senile dementia, which became known as Alzheimer’s disease (Biography.com).
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