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Alzheimer's Disease


Kendall Adams

on 23 March 2010

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Transcript of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease *Alzheimer's is a disease that causes elderly people to forget and the disease worsens over time.
*The older that a person gets the more likely that they are to have Alzheimer's Disease.
*If a relative has Alzheimer's it is very depressing and hard for family members to watch them go through it.
*The possibility of a person 65 years of age getting Alzheimer's is 1 in 100 while a person 85 is 1 in 5. *People get Alzheimer's because of genetic and environmental factors linked to the formation of amyloid plaques.
* Alzheimer's is very common is developed countries.
* Alzheimer's is an autosomal dominant pattern, which means that only one parent has to pass down the gene for the child to get it.
*Some scientists believe that it can only be inherited while others believe that there are many factors that contribute to Alzheimer's. *Symptoms to Alzheimer's are memory loss, and loss of mental functions.
*Later as the disease worsens they cant remember at all, can barely talk and they become vunerable to diseases.
*In the last stage of Alzheimer's they wander around, irritability leading to crying, outbursts of aggression, and resistance to caregiving.
*Usually patients only show one or two symptoms that worsen over time but in rare cases patients show all of the symptoms.
*There is no one test to diagnose the disease doctor's use several different tests.
* Tests include checking memory, language skills, and problem solving abilities.
*In some cases doctor's ask patients to draw a clock with a certain time on it.
*Sometimes if family members notice that elderly family members are forgeting important things this may be a sign of Alzheimer's Disease.
*I learned that Alzheimer's is named after the German doctor Alois Alzheimer.
* Alois Alzheimer first named the disorder in 1906.
*The older a person gets the higher the risk of getting Alzheimer's is.
*As many as 4 million Americans have Alzheimer's. *I think that we should support the research of Alzheimer's because maybe one day scientists can find a cure for the disease.
*I also think that if scientists stop researching Alzheimer's that we won't be albe to find a cure some day in the future.
*If we stop researching about Alzheimer's Disease more people could die of the disease.
*I believe that if we keep studying Alzheimer's that one day millions of people all over the world will benefit from this. *During the last stage of Alzheimer's patients are completly dependent on their caregivers.
*They tend to have mood swings where they go from happy and laughing to crying in a couple seconds.
*Caregivers often have to be very patient and caring.
* When the people with Alzheimer's Disease get older the disease gets worse. What are some symptoms to Alzheimer's disease? How can you tell if a person has Alzheimer's? Interseting facts about Alzheimer's! What happens in the last stage of your disease? What is Alzheimer's Disease? Why do you think that scientists should research Alzheimer's disease? Why do people get Alzheimer's? Bibliography *Learn Genetics. Friday March 12, 2010. The University of Utah.Friday March 12, 2010 http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/disorders.whataregd/alzheimers/index.html
*Gandy, Sam. "Alzheimer's Disease." World Book A. 2007 ed.
PICTURES FROM : *http://carestation.agis.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/alzheimers1.jpg
*http://www.impactlab.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/alzheimers.jpg How does it affect the family members? *Alzheimer's affects the members of the family because they have to watch their relatives go throught the tough process.
*Many family members know that their relatives are going to die soon so they try to spend waking moment that they can with them.
*An Alzheimer's patient looses their connection to their past and to memories shared with family members.
*Usually in the last stage the family watches in pain as their relatives slowly forget everything that was once important to them.
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