Alzheimers

by Mike M.

Why am I informing you of this?

Many elderly citizens suffer from a this disease, and it's still not curable, despite the numerous attempts neurologists have made. Gaining awareness can bring more people to have a desire to cure Alzheimers; and one day, we might be able to do it.
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What is it?

Alzheimer's Disease, also known as Senile Dementia, causes people to progressively lose their memory. Other serious mental processes are affected. This often involves forgetting people, including close and loved ones.

What is happening in the brain?

Places in the brain where long-term memory is stored are destroyed, mainly the hippocampus, and deteriorate progressively. This happens, however, for an unknown reason, which is one of the reasons that Alzheimer's is incurable. Long term memory also has no specific location, so it would be very impractical to find the source, considering that would be the entire brain.
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Why am I informing you of this?

Many elderly citizens suffer from a this disease, and it's still not curable, despite the numerous attempts neurologists have made. Gaining awareness can bring more people to have a desire to cure Alzheimers; and one day, we might be able to do it.
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Who discovered this?

In 1906, Dr. Alois Alzheimer discovered a woman who had died due to symptoms such as forgetting events and having language problems. He learned she had odd clumps on her brain, as well as tangled fibers; which, at the time, were unheard of and unnamed. Dr. Alzheimer named the disease after himself; and since, Alzheimer's Disease is getting exponentially more popular amongst elders and sometimes middle aged people.

Facts that are not very fun

  • Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of Dementia
  • Women are at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's
  • Educated people are less likely to develop Alzheimer's
  • Alzheimer's is a leading cause of death
  • Alzheimer's costs very much to treat
  • People who have Alzheimer's also tend to lose their sense of smell
  • June 2016 is Alzheimer's Awareness Month (<- Kinda fun Fact)