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Reid Fortier

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By Reid
Fortier What is Alzheimer's? History Prevention & Who it Affects Alzheimer's disease is physical disease affecting the brain. It is a progressive form of pre-senile dementia similar to senile dementia except that it will usually start in the person's 40s or 50s. Because it is a progressive disease, over time more and more parts of the brain are damaged, causing the symptoms to be more severe. Some of the main symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are memory loss, confusion with time or place, and trouble understanding visual images or spatial relationships.The most common sign of Alzheimer's is memory loss, specifically short term. People with Alzheimer's have trouble keeping track of time and dates. Some people diagnosed with Alzheimer's have difficulty reading, judging distances, or determining color or contrast. Progressive mental deterioration has been recognized all throughout history. However, it wasn't until 1906 that a German physician , Dr. Alois Alzheimer, specifically identified a collection of brain abnormalities as a disease. One of his patients died after years of severe memory problems. After her death, he performed an autopsy and found dense deposits surrounding the nerve cells. Inside these nerve cells, he found twisted bands of fibers. Today, this degenerative brain disorder shares his name. Currently, there are no treatments or cures for the Alzheimer's disease. There are a few drugs to help some of the symptoms, but there is no official cure. The Alzheimer's disease affects about 1 in 20 people above 65 and 1 in 1000 people below the age of 65. Symptoms
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