Alzheimer 's Disease : An Irreversible Brain Ailment Essay

1964 Words Nov 5th, 2014 8 Pages
At first, you forget where you put everyday things or get lost. Then you stop thinking clearly and jumble your words, you might even feel angry or violent. In the end, you forget those closest to you. You will forget how to walk, sit up or even smile. Life is not what it used to be. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible brain ailment that destroys physical and mental functioning in people. This disease leaves its victims helpless and incapable of living; however, recent research suggests new treatment advancements are giving victims and their families’ new hope. Alzheimer’s disease progresses in stages of mild, moderate and severe. Alzheimer’s affects its victims with a permanent form of dementia that almost always results in death. People who are diagnosed with this disease end up “losing their mind”. At first, they start out forgetting the simple things, then as the disease progresses they forget the most familiar faces and eventually in the end they forget how to breathe. According to Gray-Davidson (1998), Alzheimer’s is not a mental illness. It is a physical illness that causes a degeneration of the organic structure of the brain. This, in turn, impairs all the normal processes of the brain - memory, cognitive thinking, and perception (28). The most common myth about Alzheimer’s disease is assuming that Alzheimer’s disease is a normal part of aging. However, Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. G.Davidson states, “People are often unaware of the…

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