Alzheimer's Disease

Chromosome carrying Alzheimer's

Information on Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's, also known as senile dementia

Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative disease of the brain that causes dementia (which is a persistent disorder of the mental processes) this leads to a gradual loss of memory, ability to function, and judgement. When it comes to Alzheimer's, it usually occurs in people over the age of 65. But less common forms of this disease can appear early in adulthood.

Out of all the signs of Alzheimer's, the most common sign is memory loss. As time goes on, the memory loss associated with the disease worsens to the point in which an individual cannot carry out regular day to day tasks.

With Alzheimer's, regular daily task such as laundry, preparing meals, and other chores around a household become very difficult for one to do.

There is currently no cure for Alzheimer's. Medications and management strategies can may be used to temporarily improve symptoms.

Currently, there are three main approaches that are being explored by scientist; measurements of biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), brain imaging, and standardize clinical test of memory and thinking abilities to determine cognitive help neurons are the primary cells destroyed by Alzheimer's disease

Neurons are the primary cells destroyed by Alzheimer's. Currently there are medications used in treatment that work by slowing down the process that breaks down the neurons.


There is no single thing that can determine if one has Alzheimer's. While you can almost always determine if one has dementia, it may be difficult to determine the exact cause of it. Diagnosing Alzheimer's requires careful medical evaluation.

As this disorder goes on, people with Alzheimer's experience personal hardships such as personality and behavioral changes. Other symptoms also include agitation, restlessness, withdrawal, and loss of language skills. When a person with Alzheimer's gets into the more advanced stages of this disease, they normally require total care throughout a regular basis. Once diagnosed with Alzheimer's, or when they start showing symptoms of Alzheimer's, the average life span is around 8-10 years. But, the course of the disease can range anywhere from 1 to 25 years. When it comes to death in this disease, it usually is from things such as pneumonia, malnutrition, or general body wasting or initiation.

What causes Alzheimer's

Scientist don't fully understand Alzheimer's in most people diagnosed with it. A genetic mutation is usually the cause for people diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. When it comes to the late-onset of Alzheimer's, it is usually from a complex series of brain changes that occur over the years.

Interesting Facts

* Researchers have identified a gene called Apolipoprotein E or, APOE as influencing whether a person develops Alzheimer's.

*Other risk factors for developing Alzheimer's disease include: Smoking, Being overweight or obese, and having high cholesterol or heart disease.



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