Alzheimer´s Disease: The Development Of Alzheimer's Disease

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Introduction The development of Alzheimer’s disease tends to be a slow progression at first although the disease can progress rapidly in each stage without warning. Some people tend to stay at a certain stage for a long time without any dramatic change. Alzheimer’s is one of the main forms of dementia besides vascular dementia, mixed dementia, frontotemporal dementia and Parkinson’s. At first it begins with memory gaps here and there but then progresses to not remembering your closest family members. The downfalls of this disease is how it shows visual decline in ability to recognize objects or people, decline in motor skills, decline in comprehensive function required to complete a task and disability in not able to think with good judgment, …show more content…
In aging elders this is one of the diseases that lead to unsuccessful aging and a shorter lifespan. The exact reason for Alzheimer’s still remains a mystery although Alzheimer’s now is broken down into two categories which are early-onset which is 1-6% of all cases before the age of 60 years and late-onset which is the main type of Alzheimer’s which accounts for 94-99% of all cases. To this day there are three known genes that cause a mutation to cause future Alzheimer’s, they rest on the chromosomes 21, 14 and one. When mutations occur in the chromosomes they alter of how much of a protein is made and or what chemicals are being produced, blocked, or multiplied. At first the progression of Alzheimer’s tends to be slow but when the changes in the inside of the body can no longer work in system deterioration occurs quickly (Beyer, 2005). Although other research has been done that states that environmental causes can also cause genetic and environmental contributions to Alzheimer’s disease. Hendrie explains that ApoE levels and cholesterol levels can contribute to the risk of AD because as one increases the other one has to increase too. Then there are risks of how your diet and stress are because here again the risk of ApoE increasing is high because high calorie diets produce high …show more content…
Some of the signs and or symptoms are being memory loss that disrupts daily life which causes the person as easily forgetting the date of an event, asking for repetitive information that was already given and relying on reminder notes to not forget things. Difficulty completing familiar tasks around your own home, work and or your spare time can be seen as a problem. Not being able to complete a task of his/her favorite hobby because the person has forgotten how to do it or as easily as forgetting how to work the microwave. Having problems with writing and speech is another very important sign to look out for if a person out of the blue forgets what they were talking about out or doesn’t find a way to conclude a sentence this could be a warning sign. Changes in mood and personality can affect the person by being sad, depressed, confused, and irritable even if they are within their comfort zone. Once signs and symptoms have progressed into AD there are stages people tend to go through with their disease. In stage one there is no impairment and the person will not be experiencing any memory problems and even if the person were to go be seen by the doctor they wouldn’t be able to diagnose any symptoms of dementia. Stage two involves a small mild cognitive decline which by many is seen as normal age-related due to the elderly persons age and the person

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