Essay on The Disease Of Alzheimer 's Disease

2190 Words Oct 18th, 2016 9 Pages
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a complex, irreversible brain disorder that causes nerve cells to die within the brain, progressively affecting dysfunction in memory and cognitive ability, behaviour and language problems (National Institute on Aging, n.d.). Primarily this disease affects older adults over the age of sixty, although it is not considered a normal part of the aging process (Dementia Alliance International, n.d.). AD is considered the most common of the dementia diseases, a medical term that best describes a cluster of disorders involving the deterioration of the brain, (Miller, 2012, p. 252). It accounts for 60-70% of the one hundred different diseases that encompass the dementia umbrella (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), 2009, p.2).

In 2010 AD was considered the third leading cause of death by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and accounts for 50- 75% of dementia cases in the world (AIHW, 2009, p.2). Currently there are 353,800 Australians (Alzheimer’s Australia, 2016) and 45.7 million people worldwide are affected by dementia (World Health Organisation (WHO), 2015. p.IX). The problem is, there is no cure (Miller, 2012, p. 252); statistics project that by 2020 there will be around 75,000 Australian “baby boomers” with dementia. With more aged people than young, the impacts of dementia prevail greater than previously seen in Australian history (Access Economics Report, 2009, p.IV)

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