In the early 1900’s a physician named Alois Alzheimer provided care for a patient with rapidly declining severe dementia. After she died, he was able to perform an autopsy on her brain. Alzheimer was able to study, in detail, the cellular changes in the brain’s nervous tissue. What he found was an atrophy of the gray matter surrounding the brain. He also found bundles of neurofibers and the plaques that are now a distinguishing characteristic for a definitive diagnosis of what we call Alzheimer’s disease today. More than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s. An estimate 5 million people age 65 or older and approximately 200,000 individuals under than 65 who have younger Alzheimer’s. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Those with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions. Although current Alzheimer's treatments cannot stop Alzheimer's from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing. They are 7 stages that also consist of the symptoms, not everyone will experience the same symptoms or progress at the same rate. Stage one: (No impairment) shows no signs of memory loss. Stage two: (Very mild) having memory lapses, forgetting forgettable everyday words or the location of familiar objects. Stage three: (Mild cognitive) Friends, family and co-workers start to get notice difficulties. They will also forget names or coming up with words to finish conservation. Increasing trouble with planning and organization. Stage four: (Moderate cognitive decline) forget recent events, Greater difficulty performing complex tasks, such as planning dinner for guests, paying bills or…
What is Alzheimer’s?
What is Alzheimer’s? Alzheimer’s degenerating disease, that progresses slowly and over time. Who is likely to be affected? Mostly people 65 or older, also with family history, parent, or sibling are affected. How? Alzheimer’s is the gradual buildup of tangles and plaque on the brain, which causes cell death and that, is not reversible. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer’s slowly progresses in three…
Anatomy, which means "a cutting open," is the study of internal and external structure of the physical relationships between body parts. Physiology, is the study of how living organisms perform their vital functions. (Martini/Bartholomew, 2013, p. 3) The connection between anatomy and physiology is easy to see. While anatomy teaches us about the physical and chemical structure of organs and organ systems, physiology teaches us how these organs and organ systems work. Thus these two branches of biology…
family. This book is about a upper middle aged lady named Alice who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and how she and her family learn how to deal with disease. One of the things this book has made me realize is that literally anybody can get Alzheimer. It doesn’t matter if you are the President of the United States of America or super wealthy. This disease will take everything from you such as you intelligence and dignity as a human being. In the book Alice was a well-respected professor at Harvard…
Topic: Since the year 2002, considerable progress has been made in the area of human health and medicine. What three pieces of research, reported in the last ten years, that are based on or related to evolutionary theory or genetic studies and mechanisms in medicine, seem most important to you for their direct connection to you, your relatives, and your (future) descendants, and why? Begin by thinking about medical challenges that ‘run in your family,’ and therefore are likely to…
B. Brief Topic Summary
II. ORIGINS AND HISTORY OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
A. Dr. Alois Alzheimer
III. WHAT IS ALHEIMER’S DISEASE?
B. Warning Signs
IV. WHO’S AT RISK?
A. Risk Factors
B. Biological & Genetics
C. Other Possible Causes
A. Pharmacological Treatments
VI. THE FUTURE OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
VIII. REFERENCE LIST
As per the Alzheimer’s…
disease stemming from age-related concerns or a manifestation of an abundance of stress. The common first symptoms usually revolve around having difficulty remembering recent events. When noticeable by the peers of the individual, the possible Alzheimer candidate must go in for a brain scan. In addition, certain tests to determine behavior and thinking abilities will usually follow. As the disease worsens in the brain, noticeable symptoms occur regarding the behavior of ones mood: Irritability…
could be a sign that you or a family member has Alzheimer’s disease. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s is only going to rise as the baby boomers age.
Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain. This disease was first described by a doctor named Alois Alzheimer in 1906. He discovered unusual clumps (now called amyloid plaques) and tangled bundles of fibers (now called neurofibrillary tangles) in the brain of a woman who passed away from a rare mental illness. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative…
1.2 The main areas of the brain that are affected by dementia and can cause difficulties with their functions are:
1) The Frontal Lobe – this is the part of the brain that controls movement, behaviour, personality and the interpretation of what is around us.
2) The Parietal Lobe – this is the part of the brain that controls the language we use, recognition of places, spacial awareness, objects and people.
3) The Occipital Lobe – this is the part of the brain that controls eyesight and our…
Mrs. Ruth Grendell
October 27, 2013
Everyone has heard the saying that a good mind is a terrible thing to waste, one would never have thought that was remotely possible. But in the 1906 when the first ever recording of Alzheimer a form of dementia doctors and researchers found that the human mind can indeed revert to early stages of no memory. Dementia is a term used in describing a vast array of symptoms related to the decline of mental function, starting with memory loss…
a few locations such as the hippocampus. The hippocampus is where new memory is formed and stored. (National Institutes of Health, 2000-2014)
The first identification of diagnosing the disease is the recent memory loss. Seventy five percent of Alzheimer cases patients start out not being able to recall recent events. (Medicinenet, 2013). Following the inability to learn and understand new information and material (sentence fragment). Furthermore, poor judgment and poor emotional response is…