Research Paper On Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease is caused by cells in the brain that die over time. The tissue in the brain over time will have less connections and nerves causing the brain to shrink. First the doctors determine if the patient meets two of the five dementia symptoms and the severity of the symptoms. The two most common symptoms in determining Alzheimer’s is memory loss and language issues. There are three stages of progression a person goes through. More stages of progression have been documented, bringing the total number of stages to seven. The first three stages are: the person doesn’t demonstrate any signs or symptoms, they start having several impairments, and dementia. When the person reaches stage four, that is when their diagnosis of mild or …show more content…
No one understands what the main cause of Alzheimer’s disease is. Several causes are linked to genetics, injury to the head, depression, hypertension, and plaque and tangles forming in the person’s brain. If there isn’t enough blood to the brain, which will cause death. The doctors will order a series of MRI or CT scans and biomarkers to see if the person has lost any neural functions to help rule out possible causes. To help the doctors make the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, they need to examine the brain as much as they can to be able to make the proper diagnosis. Keeping your mind active, exercising, and not being obese can help to lower your tendency for the disease and help with the outcome of a healthy life. There aren’t any drugs to reverse the progression of the disease. However, there are drugs to help improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. It has been found that Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis have similar clinical and pathological symptoms to Alzheimer’s …show more content…
They will not be able to recognize their family and the surroundings they are familiar with. The definition of Alzheimer’s disease is “a progressive, irreversible brain disorder that is characterized by a gradual deterioration of memory, language, and eventually physical function.” Since women live longer than men do, they are the ones who are more likely to develop the disease. Researchers are stepping up their efforts to find the causes of Alzheimer’s and how to treat it. This disease triples the cost of health care for anyone 65 years and older. A protein called an Amyloid beta was found in the spinal fluid of individuals who have mild cognitive impairment and they developed Alzheimer’s disease within five years. Caring for individuals who have Alzheimer’s is difficult for the family. A lot of the support for the individual comes from their own family. Respite care can help ease the family’s stress by letting them have a break and having someone else come in for a few

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