Alzheimer's Disease (Biographies of Disease) by Linda C. Lu

By Linda C. Lu

Alzheimer's illness is a tremendously underrecognized illness that basically seems to be in sufferers age sixty five and older. It impacts the full relatives of these and has an immense effect on our health and wellbeing care system—the Alzheimer's organization estimates the price of treating this manner of dementia at $172 billion each year within the usa. present remedy with medicines has purely constrained good fortune. for this reason, expertise of symptoms—which are frequently flawed for getting older or stress—and early attractiveness of the disorder are the simplest how you can support sufferers and their caregivers.Alzheimer's sickness is written to supply a wide evaluation of the illness, conveying all details and ideas in easy-to-read and comprehensible language. this article is meant for prime college and faculty scholars, yet is acceptable for common analyzing audiences in addition.

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Every human is born with two copies of each chromosome, 23 pairs in total. Down syndrome occurs when a person has three copies of chromosome 21, also known as trisomy (tri = three) 21. This extra copy of the 21st chromosome leads to developmental delays in physiologic growth and mental abilities. Almost all individuals with Down syndrome will develop Alzheimer’s disease. Beta-amyloid plaques begin to form in the brain during childhood, as early as 8 years old in some cases (Leverenz 1998). The plaque buildup speeds up as the person gets older, and by age 40, virtually all adults with Down syndrome will have accumulated enough brain tissue damage to warrant a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (Lott 2005).

If “lifestyle” choices have an effect on the risks of developing dementia, then theoretically, they can give those with a positive family history or genetic susceptibility a sense of hope. What is meant by lifestyle? It is a very broad term that can encompass all aspects of daily living. There are three main components of lifestyle that we will discuss: mental activities, social activities, and physical activities. To live an enriched life, maintaining a social network and keeping fit physically and intellectually stimulated are important.

However, as Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the signs of dementia become more noticeable and harder to ignore, necessitating a medical evaluation. This page intentionally left blank 4 How Is Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosed? Mrs. Brown shows up for her annual physical expressing concern about her memory. She has been more forgetful lately, frequently misplacing things. Her husband is frustrated that he has to ask her to do something several times before she does it, as she often forgets a few minutes after she is told.

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