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Transcript of Alzheimer's Disease
By Dr. Olivia Duke and Dr. MacKenzie Mills
Blue-7 Patient Information Name: George Blume
Age: 74 years
Symptoms: Difficulty remembering things, confusion, disorientation at times, difficulty with reasoned thought, and insomnia General Symptoms and Incidences Symptoms: Memory loss, disorientation, confusion, difficulty with reasoned thought, agitation, delusions, depression, insomnia, and wandering.
10% of people over 65
50% of people over 85 Tests and Screening Cause Death and destruction of nerve cells
Shrinkage of parts of the brain (atrophy)
Imbalance of neurotransmitters (send messages to nerves)
Decline of mental capabilities Inheritance 95% of inheritance is sporadic
5% is hereditary
One copy of a mutated gene inherited from a parent Additional Facts and Theories Named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer
Most common cause of dementia among the elderly
Symptoms usually appear after the age of 60
Estimated 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer's Additional Facts and Theories Continued Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's
One in 8 older Americans has Alzheimer's
The sixth-leading cause of death
Over 15 million American caregivers are not paid Quality of Life Three stages of Alzheimer's
Quality of life goes from mostly regular abilities to difficulty with the most basic of tasks, such as eating.
Prognosis: 6 years
Caretakers are necessary, but might become overworked To Improve Quality of Life... Encourage patients to be as independent as possible
Assign a care taker to do favorite activities such as listening to music, looking through photo albums, and sitting outside
Make sure caretakers are exercising and healthy Organizations with Information Current Research PET scan can now confirm Alzheimer's without an autopsy
Five FDA approved drugs can treat symptoms but not cure Citations "Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia."
Alzheimer's Association. 2013. Mar. 5 2013. (www.alz.org)
Conova, Susan and Margaret Woodbury.
"Your Genes Your Health." Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 2002. Mar. 7 2013. (www.yourgenesyourhealth.org)
"Texas Department of State Health
Services." The State of Texas, 2013. Mar. 7 2013. (www.dshs.state.tx.us/default.sntm)
Brain Background: http://kari-on.com/2011/03/29/brain-
"WebMD - Better Information, Better Health." WebMD, 2005. Mar. 12
2013. (http://www.webmd.com/about-webmd-policies/about-who-we-are http://info.sanguinebio.com/alzheimers/bid/192427/Looking-Toward-a-World-Without-Alzheimer-s Alzheimer's Association
The National Institution on Aging (The National Institution of Health)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://vaccinenewsdaily.com/cdc/317667-cdc-discovers-pseudo-outbreak-of-whooping-cough-in-colorado/ http://medcitynews.com/2009/05/national-institutes-of-health-getting-into-the-drug-development-business-medcity-morning-read-may-25-2009/ Tests exclude of other causes of dementia and symptoms of Alzheimer's
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans show abnormalities in the brain wp.stockton.edu www.riversideonline.com biol1020-2012-1.blogspot.com