Alzheimer ’s disease
Psychology 4 VO2 30632
May 16, 2011
Alzheimer’ s Disease
I did my research on disease that is a type of dementia which is known as Alzheimers. Alzheimer’ causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly. The symptoms get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks and sometimes even results as death. It is important because we haven’t found any cure yet and researching on this disease may help us find a cure.
I learned a lot from doing my research on Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Alzheimer is not a normal part of aging and it can be prevented. There is no cure for this disease and it slowly deteriorates the brain. There are risk factors and incidences that cause Alzheimer’s to develop. Age and family history are risk factors for AD, as you get older, your risk of developing AD increases and having a close blood relative, such as a brother, sister, or parent increases your risk. Another interesting thing that I found while researching was that if you’re a female gender you are more prone in developing AD.
Although the course of Alzheimer's disease is unique for every individual, there are many common symptoms. The earliest observable symptoms are often mistakenly thought to be 'age-related' concerns, or manifestations of stress. In the early stages, the most common symptom is inability to acquire new memories, observed as difficulty in recalling recently observed events. When AD is suspected, the diagnosis is usually confirmed with behavioral assessments and cognitive tests, often followed by a brain scan if available.
Dementia symptoms include difficulty with many areas of mental functions, including language, memory, perception, and cognitive skills such as calculation or abstract thinking. The first thing that usually appears in Alzheimer patients is forgetfulness. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is the stage between normal forgetfulness...