The Seven Stages Of Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys your ability to think and your ability to remember certain events. A person who has Alzheimer’s will eventually not be able to complete simple tasks. Currently, Alzheimer’s is the ranked as the sixth leading causes of death in the United States. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning, which includes, thinking, remembering, and reasoning. Other dementias include Lewy Body Dementia, frontotemporal disorders, and vascular disorder. It is common for most people to have a combination of different disorders. An example of this would be a person with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia.
Alzheimer’s Disease is the
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It firsts involves parts of the brain that control thoughts, memory, and language. Most people that have Alzheimer’s have difficulty remembering recent events or names of people that they have known. Because Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, the symptoms will get worse over a period of time. After time, a person with Alzheimer’s will develop symptoms that may include having trouble speaking, reading, writing, or they may even forget about how to comb their hair or brush their teeth. There are seven stages that are in the Alzheimer’s disease. The first stage is normal outward behavior. During this stage, the patient who has this disease will not have any symptoms that can be shown. The only way to spot symptoms is to have a PET scan. A person with Alzheimer’s will start seeing more of its symptoms during the next four stages. In stage two, there is still a possibility that no symptoms will be shown or if they are shown very little. A doctor still has potential to not notice any of the symptoms. A person who is in stage two nevertheless has the ability to function their everyday lives normally and …show more content…
The patient could also have delusions such as thinking he/she needs to go to work even though they no longer have a job. They could also mistake people from being someone else, such as his wife as his mother. During stage seven of this disease, one will have difficulty eating, walking, and even talking. They will forget many of their basic abilities. A person who is in stage seven of Alzheimer’s will need easy to swallow foods or even feeding him. Although scientists do not fully understand why Alzheimer’s exists, there are still increasing and decreasing risks. Causes such as genetics, environmental, and even lifestyle factors affect this disease. The Apo lipoprotein or APOE 4 is a gene that is involved in Alzheimer’s. But do not think that because you have this gene you are for sure getting Alzheimer’s. Many doctors who have patients see two different types of abnormalities when viewing a person’s brain with Alzheimer’s. The first thing that doctors will notice is clumps of proteins, or beta-amyloid, that damage and destroy brain cells. These plaques are interfering with cell-to-cell communication. The other thing that doctors notice on a patient is that their brain cells are depending on internal

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