Treating Patients With Alzheimer's Disease

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In a research study provided by the UN Aging Program and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the reports have projected that “the number of older people (65+ years) in the world is expected to increase from 420 million in 2000 to nearly 1 billion by 2030, with the proportion of older people, being increased from 7 % to 12 %.” (United Nations Organization, 2001) (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2003). In a medical research study by the member of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, Alzheimer’s disease “is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by loss of memory and other cognitive abilities.” (Sano, Ph.D., et al., 1997) Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is progressively becoming more common in adults over the age …show more content…
There are now many ways to treat patients with AD. Almost of all treatments are drug treatments. But there is no effective treatment that actually cures Alzheimer’s Disease because we still know very little of Alzheimer’s Disease. However, we still know how to treat patients with Alzheimer’s with the information ad research we know. In order to describe treating patients with AD, there is someone who needs to be discussed about. His name was Dr. Alois Alzheimer. He was a young doctor who was very interested in studying nervous system disorders. In 1906, Dr. Alzheimer would soon find his true “calling” when he would meet Auguste Deter. She was the first recorded patient who had Alzheimer’s Disease. When he presented Auguste’s case to the Southwest German Psychiatrists in 1906, he did not get any attention from any psychiatrist nor did any of the psychiatrists wanted to discuss about this topic. Little did the young doctor know that “the disease that now holds his name would be the most common cause of dementia and a source of a critical medical and economical problem” (Jawhar, MD PhD, Msc, Wirths, MD, PHD, & Bayer, MD, 2011). Unfortunately, Dr. Alzheimer tried to treat Auguste Deter with drugs to help slow down AD, but was not successful because she died in a hospital bed. Due to Dr. Alzheimer’s research into Alzheimer’s Disease, more doctors and scientists decided to take things seriously with Alzheimer’s and created drugs to help slow down the effects of AD. Today, we still have no idea how to complete destroy this disease. However, scientists and doctors are working on how to determine the causes of the neurons to decrease rapidly. To understand when someone is starting to develop Alzheimer’s, doctors know when the patient’s brain is developing Alzheimer’s. This will not happen because technology has only progressed to MRI and CT scans, which are only used when it is stable and

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