Cause And Effect Of Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer’s is a form a dementia where the brain begins to deteriorate, causing the decline of memory in middle to older aged individuals. Although there are treatments that slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and soften the symptoms of the disease, there are still no cure. Alzheimer’s only continues to worsen as a person diagnosed with the disease continues to grow older. Approximately 4.5 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s disease at the current date (Alzheimer 's Disease Center). This numerical value does not include the all the types of dementia but only Alzheimer’s, which accounts for only 60% to 70% of cases of dementia. Alzheimer’s eventually inhibits a person’s thinking ability and memory recollection, leaving feelings of depression, anger, and eventually death. While not necessarily for every case, seven stages have been formed to indicate the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in an individual. In the first stage, there are no harsh visible symptoms that may lead one to believe their loved one has Alzheimer’s. Only a PET scan can indicate that the functioning of the brain is still sufficient. The second stage may include forgetting a word or misplacing objects more frequently than usual, but at this stage, it is still difficult to tell if the individual has …show more content…
These are essential components to the well-being of a person during their state of depression or irritation. It is also vital that loved ones stay close by and visit numerous times so the individual with Alzheimer’s continues to be presented a familiar face and the loved ones get to spend as much time with the individual before their condition worsens. Also, it may be beneficial to set up counseling for the individual with Alzheimer’s and/or the people affected by the worsening Alzheimer’s condition in the

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