snel0102: March 2012 Archives

Alzheimer's is a disorder that has an impacts over five million families, including my own. My grandma was just recently diagnosed. She is in the early stages but some signs that I have noticed from her is forgetting names, asking the same questions multiple times, and having the same conversations over and over. "Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible degeneration of the brain that causes disruptions in memory, cognition, personality, and other functions that eventually leads to death from complete brain failure." There are a lot of risk factors that contribute to Alzheimer's. Age and genetics are the biggest. Most people diagnosed with Alzheimer's are over the age of 65. Most cases are because of age and some are caused by hereditary factors. This fact is hard for me to accept because that means that I have a heightened chance of getting Alzheimer's when I am older. According to the Alzheimer's Disease Research website the main ways to prevent Alzheimer's is diet, exercise, building brain reserves and social engagement, and high levels of estrogen. There is still no cure for Alzheimer's but there are many treatments patients can do and medications they can take. Therapy is one treatment offered for people with Alzheimer's. A few symptoms people with Alzheimer's will display include; confusion, disturbances in short-term memory, unexplained mood swings and more. For those who are diagnosed, they may experience depression, poor performance on cognitive tests, irritability, and memory loss.


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