The Most Common Form Of Dementia Essay

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Imagine Cynthia being in her home and not being able to remember where she is, and looking around and not recognizing her loved ones. That is just a bit of what happens in her everyday life with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, or in other words, memory loss ,and is very common. Every 4 seconds someone is diagnosed. There are more than 3 million cases in the U.S. per year, affecting one in ten people over the age of 65, and is also the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out simple tasks. Normally people with Alzheimer’s are age 65 and older, but according to, about five percent have early onset Alzheimer’s, which is when it appears in the forties or fifties. Alzheimer’s symptoms gradually worsen, the early stages are mild, but with the late stages, people can’t even respond to the things around them. No one is immune to this disease.
Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist, first found the signs in 1902 when one of his patients had symptoms he had never seen before, such as trouble sleeping, memory problems, drastic mood swings, and general confusion. When that patient passed, it allowed Dr. Alzheimer to do an autopsy and test his theory that his patient had irregularities in the brain structure. What he found was differences in the brain tissue in the form of misfolded…

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