Alzheimer's : Brain Disorder

By: Kaycie Howerton

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities.

Alzheimer's can't be spread, its hereditary.

Apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene is what causes Alzheimer's. This gene has several forms. One of them, APOE ε4, increases a person’s risk of developing the disease and is also associated with an earlier age of disease to happen. The gene can be dominate and recessive it depends on what other genes you have already. Many people in your family can have this gene but not everyone will have the gene.

More than 5 million people have Alzheimer's Disease

There is not a cure for Alzheimer's but people go to therapy and play brain games to help reduce the symptoms from coming so early.

10 Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer's

1. Loss of memory that disputes daily life.

2. Challenges in planing or solving problems.

3. Difficulty completing familier task.

4. Confusion with time or place.

5. Trouble understanding visual images.

6. Problems with words and speaking or writing.

7. Misplace things and forgetting where you left them.

8. Poor judgement.

9. Withdrawn from work or social activities.

10. Change in mood or personality.

Robert S. Cohen

Robert is a musical conductor for very famous orchestras, when he found out that he had early signs of Alzheimer's disease he was devastated. He went to therapy and played a lot of brain games to help him. He said the music was the only thing getting though. In the late stages of his Alzheimers his family would bring him to watch the orchestra preform because they said that was the only thing that made him happy.