Memory smore

By Katherine rossi


The reason I chose Alzheimer's is because my grandpa recently passed away from this disease, and I would like to know more about it. I want to know why it happens and whats going on inside the brain while you have Alzheimer's. Hopefully I can persuade people to not do harmful things that can increase your risk of getting Alzheimer's.
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Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain's nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes.
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What is going on in the brain when you have Alzheimers?

In the Alzheimer's brain the cortex shrivels up causing damage to the areas involved in with thinking, planning and remembering.

Shrinkage is especially severe in the hippocampus an area of the cortex that plays a key role in formation of new memories.

In the picture below you can see how massive the cell loss changes the whole brain in advanced Alzheimer's disease.
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Interesting Facts

Of the 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer's, approximately 5.1 million people are 65 and older, and about 200,000 individuals are under age 65. Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women. Of the 5.1 million people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's in the Unite

In 2015, an estimated 700,000 people in the United States age 65 and older will die with Alzheimer's.

As the population of the United States ages, Alzheimer's is becoming a more common cause of death. Although deaths from other major causes have decreased significantly, official records indicate that deaths from Alzheimer's disease have increased significantly.

Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures