Alzheimer’s disease is a disease in the brain that causes brain changes that gradually get worse. In Alzheimer's disease, brain cells degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function. It is also the most common cause of dementia; a group of brain disorders that cause progressive loss of intellectual and social skills, severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life. This disease is developed in the brain. In Alzheimer's disease, there is an overall shrinkage of brain tissue. The grooves or furrows in the brain, called sulci , are noticeably widened and there is shrinkage of the gyri , the well-developed folds of the brain's outer layer. In addition, the ventricles, or chambers within the brain that contain cerebrospinal fluid, are noticeably enlarged. In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, short-term memory begins to fade when the cells in the hippocampus, which is part of the limbic system, degenerate. The ability to perform routine tasks also declines. As Alzheimer's disease spreads through the cerebral cortex (the outer layer of the brain), judgment declines, emotional outbursts may occur and language is impaired. As the disease progresses, more nerve cells die, leading to changes in behavior, such as wandering and agitation. In the final stages of the disease, people may lose the ability to recognize faces and communicate; they normally cannot control bodily functions and require constant care. Scientists believe that for most…
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 Association, An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease…
Pre-testing for Alzheimer’s: Is This the Future for a Cure?Abstract
Researchers believe that a blood test may be the simple solution to finding out if a person is predisposed to getting Alzheimer’s disease. There are many findings out there to suggest that this may be a breakthrough discovery, but there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s. Research proves that Alzheimer’s can be detected up to ten years before a person even shows symptoms of the disease. This is an ongoing discovery that hopefully…
Alzheimer's Disease: Interventions and Outcomes
As the elderly population continues to grow, so does the number of patients who are diagnosed with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease. The adult populations age 65 and older are affected by this disease (Alzheimer’s Association, 2004). There are at least 4.5 million people in the United States suffering from dementia and/or Alzheimer’s with the annual direct and indirect cost of caring for them estimated to be at least…
What is Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s disease is an acquired cognitive and behavioral impairment of sufficient severity that markedly interferes with social and occupational functioning. It is also the most common form dementia. Dementia is deterioration of intellectual faculties, such as memory, concentration, and judgment which results from an organic disease or a disorder of the brain. A German psychiatrist named Alois Alzheimer observed a patient at the…
Alzheimer’s: The Forgotten Disease
University of Central Missouri
Alzheimer’s: The Forgotten Disease
Alzheimer’s disease, while it may not have been widely recognized as a life threatening disease decades ago, the knowledge of this incurable disease is growing with each year passing. With each year we grow as a community, country and world we learn more about ourselves and the way our bodies age. With the advancements in technology we have been able to live…
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, brain disorder that causes a slow and permanent decline in memory, language skills, perception of time and space, and, eventually the ability to care for oneself. Alzheimer's is the most common from of dementia. Dementia is the impairment of memory and other mental powers due to a disease. It is also the fourth leading cause of death among older adults.
II.What is Dementia?
1. Impaired Memory,
a. Alzheimer's disease is recognized…
weeks) and has been displaying changes in her mood. I immediately took her to a local hospital for help.
I recalled that my grandmother (her mother) suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and am wondering if you think this is the same?
If so, is this something I need to worry about?
Is Alzheimer’s disease different from dementia?
Is there a clinic that specializes in care for the elderly?
Mrs. Poyntz, let me first commend you for immediately seeking medical intervention…
Alzheimer's Disease 1
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.
Alzheimer's disease effects people in different ways, but the most common symptoms…
Alzheimer’s is a disease increasing, permanent brain disease that destroys your memory and also your thinking skills. This disease affects people of all racial, economic, and educational backgrounds. This disease mostly affects people who are sixty or older but it also may affect people who are in their fifties, but rarely it may affect people who are even younger. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia in adults. Dementia is the loss of intellect and memory…
EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE and ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
As defined in 2012 by the American Nurses Association, “nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations. “To deliver the best optimal treatment…