Alzheimer 's Disease Is The Most Common Form Of Dementia Essay

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1 in every 3 seniors will develop some type of dementia and will die because of it. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia affecting about 5 million people right now in the United States. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder, which is a term that describes progressive loss of function of neurons in the brain. The early symptoms are often confused for normal age related symptoms, such as memory loss, which is one of the main reasons there are such a low number of early onset diagnosis. Diagnosis consists of an evaluation of behavior, thinking abilities, a brain scan and an evaluation of brain tissues. It becomes particularly difficult after diagnosis, as there usually needs to be full care and attention, but it will depend on each patient and how fast the disease is progressing.

My grandfather got diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and beat the average life expectancy by a year. But I almost wish he hadn’t. The whole experience was extremely difficult for my entire family, and me especially because we were all so close. I think that not only does the patient suffer but so do the loved ones surrounding and supporting them. When someone has Alzheimer’s, his or her memory suffers greatly. So much that my grandfather, near the end of his life had no idea who I was. He barely remembered my dad, his son, to which I cannot imagine how heartbreaking that must have been for my father. Due to the fact that the memory is gone it becomes more and more…

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