The Problem Of Alzheimer 's Disease Essay

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Imagine the stereotypical elderly person, what image comes to mind? Is it an ancient grandpa who has his pants pulled all the way up to his chest, and is standing, he can’t remember why he’s at the grocery store right as he’s about to pay for his groceries, holding up the whole line? Psychology can’t quite explain the reasoning about his pants, but what it can do is explain the most likely reason why he can’t remember why he’s at the grocery store. The cause could be that the old gentleman has Alzheimer’s disease, or often referred to as “old-timers disease”. Alzheimer’s disease is the continued deterioration of the cells inside the brain, which causes a considerable loss of memory, and eventually causes a severe interference in everyday activities. Scientists are rather unsure of what the exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease exactly, but according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA) it is thought that there are three major factors on what the causes might be, which are genetics aging, and unhealthy lifestyle choices. It is thought that environment, and individual choices could cause someone to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have a large interest in the connection between cognitive decline, and vascular and metabolic conditions such as: heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Genetics also plays a role in causation since according to the NIA, there are certain individuals who develop early onset Alzheimer’s disease (5% of all cases)…

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