Symptoms, Prognosis, And Treatment Of Alzheimer's Disease

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In 2050, an estimated 50 million Americans over the age of 65 are expected to have Alzheimer 's Disease. Alzheimer 's Disease has been acknowledged and portrayed throughout history. Throughout this report the history, symptoms, different methods of diagnosis, prognosis or outcome, and treatments options for Alzheimer 's Disease will be discussed. In 1906, Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German physician, identified a collection of abnormal brain cells after a patient died after suffering years of memory problems, confusion, and difficulty understanding questions. After the death of the patient, Dr. Alzheimer noticed neuritic plaques, which are dense deposits around nerve cells. Within the neuritic plaque he observed neurofibrillary tangles. Since …show more content…
Of course the most common sign of Alzheimer 's disease is memory loss, mainly forgetting recently learned information, whereas the typical age related change would be temporarily forgetting names or appointments and remembering them at a later time. Another symptom is challenges while planning and solving problems. You may see someone struggling to follow plans or working with numbers, like following directions or keeping track of bills, but a regular sign of aging is making an occasional error in a commonly used recipe. Another possible sign of Alzheimer 's Disease could be having difficulty completing typical tasks around the house, at work, or leisurely. Someone with Alzheimer 's will often find it difficult to driving to regularly visited locations, keeping a budget at work or remembering how to play a favorite game, however a normal sign of aging is needing help to change the settings on a microwave or recording a show on the television. Three more signs of Alzheimer 's Disease are developing problems with speech and writing, someone withdrawing themselves from work or social activities, and noticing changes in someone 's normal mood and personality. Someone that has Alzheimer 's could have problems keeping a conversation or struggle with with their vocabulary, for …show more content…
There are different ways to diagnose Alzheimer 's Disease. To diagnose Alzheimer 's, your doctor may ask you questions about changes in health and the abilities to do your daily activities, perform memory tests and problem solving tests, or perform brain scans like a Computed Topography scan or Magnetic Resonance Imaging to ensure that it is Alzheimer 's. For further assessment your doctor may refer you to a geriatrician or geriatric psychiatrist, which manages older adults health care, mental, and emotional problems. The doctor may also refer you to a neurologist or neuropsychologist, which concentrate on abnormalities in the brain and nervous system and conduct memory and thinking tests. Getting an accurate and early diagnosis will be beneficial for preserving normal function, planning for future living arrangements, financial and living matters, and developing support networks. Dr. Barry Reisburg has developed a seven stage system that helps determine the severity of Alzheimer 's. In Stage one, there are no signs of impairment and no memory problems. In stage two, there are slight changes in cognitive functions and is the stage where the earliest signs of Alzheimer 's Disease, but could also be signs of aging also. In stage three, there is mild signs cognitive functions declining. This is considered earliest stage Alzheimer 's will be diagnosed, some

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