Forgeting the Past

By: Allyson Tertzakian and Brianna Danilowicz

Alzheimer's

Why?
We chose this topic, because Allyson's grandma had this disease a few years ago. We are interested in Alzheimer's to learn more about it and see how it affects the brain. This research will help us realize what they go through and the problems it creates for them and their families. The research will show others what to do before it gets too serious and how to communicate with a person diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's is a form of dementia that can worsen over time in a persons brain. Problems that occur with this disease are memory loss, thinking, and behavior. Its is not a disease that only affects elders, but also many younger people. It is not a normal part of aging but their is a risk for people 65 and older. There is no cure for Alzheimer's right now, but there are treatments for symptoms there people experience.

The Brain

The brain has two structures called tangles and plaques which damages and kills nerve cells. The two structures usually damage parts of the brain as you get older, but with Alzheimer's it increases the number of plaques and tangles you get. The whole brain fails when Alzheimer's begins to take over since you lose all of your memory. A theory that is believed to cause Alzheimer's is if you drink or eat out of aluminum cans/pots you can get Alzheimer's.
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The Research and Psyhologist

An important research from Harvard Medical School explains how mutations that occur with Alzheimer's make the effects that follow it. Raymond J. Kelleher III said, "Our study provides new insights into Alzheimer's disease by showing how human mutations that cause the disease lead to neurodegeneration and dementia.

Fun Facts

- 35 million people worldwide have Alzheimer's
- Every 70 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer's
- Alzheimer's is the fifth leading killer in the world
- 54% of the U.S. population has been touched in some way by Alzheimer's
- There is no cure to Alzheimer's right now
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