Alzheimer Disease

By: Ryan Mathis

What Causes the Disorder?

Scientists don't fully know what the cause of Alzheimer's is. In most people who develop Alzheimer's early in life get it because of a genetic mutation. The gene that is known to cause Alzheimer's is APOE-e4 and it is on the 19th chromosome.

Who is affected by Alzheimer's and how can it be prevented?

It is an inherited genetic mutation. There are many kinds of Alzheimer's, Early Onset Alzheimer's occurs in people ages 30 to 60 and it is less that 5% of the population with Alzheimer's. If the mother or father has Alzheimer's there is a 50% chance that the child will inherit Alzheimer's. Late Onset Alzheimer's occurs in people that are 60 and up. People who develop Alzheimer's have a mental decline, have trouble thinking and understanding, confusion and forgetfulness.

Treatments and Cures

There are unfortunately no cures for Alzheimer's. But there are drug and some non-drug treatments that may help with you with your behavioral symptoms and your cognitive symptoms. There is no cure for Alzheimer's and it develops at a very old age. It can not be prevented. If you have Alzheimer's you can have children and their children could be affected by Alzheimer's. There seems to be no cure coming soon.

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