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Alzheimer's Disease

Senior Project By: Sharon McCully

Sharon McCully

on 13 April 2010

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Alzheimer's Disease
By: Sharon McCully
What is Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer's is a neurodegenerative disease that gets worse overtime.

The disease is a common form of dementia.

Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.

Example: you may forget how to turn on a computer!

Who does Alzheimer's affect?
Older people, usually 65 years old are more likely to get the disease.

The risks are greater with age.

Usually people with Alzheimer's are not able to recognize people.

Or they have a hard time speaking and being understood by others.

5.3 million Americans are living with the disease.
What happens in the brain?
The brain cells are dying at a terrifying pace. Plaques and tangles are the main targeters.

Plaques- build up in between the nerve cells, inhibiting the release, and reception of neurotransmitters.

Tangles- form inside the cell, killing it from the inside out.
Shrinking brain cells
Brain cells are constantly dying and are not being replaced, causing the person to have severe memory loss, and change in behavior.
The family also suffers
from the disease
Alzheimer's affects not only the individual, but that person’s friends and family as well.

People with the disease will need reassurance to overcome their anxiety.

It is very important for them to know that their family will support them.
Caring for a loved one
The victim with Alzheimer’s disease usually does not overcome the disease.

It is very important if your loved one has Alzheimer's to be patient with them.

The disease could make the caregiver go through periods of sadness, frustration, tenseness and anger.

If a family cannot afford it, a home attendant would be a helpful alternative.
Gene Therapy
Gene therapy is provided to correct the corruptive genes responsible for the development of various diseases.

Since the disease cannot be halted or reversed, scientists have been experimenting with trying to change the behavior of the brain cells.

Once the gene is injected under pressure into the brain it will help protect the cells to slow down the progression of the disease.
Potential Dangers Of gene therapy
Cancer might occur if the virus used in gene therapy contaminated a certain gene that was in control of cell growth.

Cancer is just when the bodys cells multiply and divide out of control

Although the side effects could be devastating if gene therapy was not done properly, it would still be worth saving the patients brain from severe loss of brain cells.
Thanks to scientists
gene therapy is becoming a new effective way to treat many diseases.

People greatly believe that there is now hope for Alzheimer's patients.

As scientists improve their research they are finding more and more about the topic.

Gene therapy for Alzheimer's disease should be researched further because it is a possibility that patients can overcome the disease.
Community service hours
Lapeer Regional
Physical Therapy
Thank you
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