Symptoms And Treatment Of Alzheimer 's Disease Essay

1158 Words Dec 10th, 2015 5 Pages
If you have ever known a person who has or has had Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you know that every day is not always a walk in the park. People with these diseases are cranky, forgetful, and hard to understand, but their actions a majority of the time are not their fault. My great grandma passed away from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and in her case it was very severe. She could remember events from her past, but something that happened only a few minutes before, she could not remember. Living with Alzheimer’s is not enjoyable; it is a horrible disease. My great grandma always thought she was in her apartment in West Virginia when in reality she was in a nursing home in Saline, Michigan. Her memory slowly faded with every day.
Alzheimer’s deteriorates a section of the hippocampus in the brain. The hippocampus is what forms and stores memories. First described and introduced in 1906 by Alois Alzheimer, the disease was make known. His case was a 51-year-old woman with memory loss, behavioral difficulties, and language problems. When she died, her autopsy revealed what are now called the beta-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. “Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder resulting in cognitive impairment, loss of executive functions and progressive dementia.” (Lansdall 1). Dementia is a chronic disorder of the mental process caused by brain disease or injury. Although these two diseases seem very similar, they are hardly the same.…

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