Symptoms And Treatment Of Alzheimer 's Disease Essay

988 Words Nov 26th, 2016 4 Pages
As humans begin to grow older, they begin to experience a decline in mental ability. This general decline in mental ability is known as dementia, which is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia has a high chance of leading to Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer 's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Most histories of senile dementia commence with Dr. Aloysius "Alois" Alzheimer. He was pioneer in linking symptoms to microscopic brain changes, and described the case of Auguste D., a patient who had profound memory loss, unfounded suspicions about her family, and other worsening psychological changes. In her brain at autopsy, he saw dramatic shrinkage and abnormal deposits in and around nerve cells (Association®, 2016). Alois Alzheimer 's description in 1906 was the first case of Alzheimer 's disease, yet the history of senile dementia before 1906 is quite rich, dating back to the ancient Greek and Roman philosophers and physicians. Over the 2500 years since ancient times, the concept of senile dementia has evolved from a rather vague notion that mental decline occurred inevitably in old age, to become defined today by a distinct set of clinical and pathological features with the potential for treatment and prevention within grasp. Throughout history, many elderly individuals with unpredictable behavior were…

Related Documents