Alzheimer Disease

By: Alex Copp

What other names are there for this disorder?

Alzheimer's Disease, AD, Alzheimer's dementia.

What causes the disorder?

Alzheimer's is caused by a gene mutation.

What gene or chromosome is affected by this disorder?

The chromosome that is affected it chromosome 21 which has a mutation.

Are there prenatal tests for this disorder?

Blood Tests, Neuropsychological Tests are designed tasks used to measure a psychological function known to be linked to a particular brain structure

What are the symptoms?

Some of the symptoms are

memory loss, judgement, changes in mood or personality, and Confusion with time or place.

What population is affected?

There are around 5.1 million people age 65 and older affected by Alzheimer.

Can anyone be a candidate for the disorder?

Yes anyone around the age of 65 is a candidate for Alzheimer's.

How is it inherited?

The inheritance of Alzheimer is unknown.

What kind of medical assistance will the affected child need?

Alzheimers does not affect children.

Will further assistance be needed, as the child grows older?

This goes along with the question above. Children can not have Alzheimer's.

What is the long-term outlook for the child?

This goes along with the question above. Children can not have Alzheimer's.

Are there any treatments or cures?

At this moment in time there are no cures for Alzheimers

Could this disorder have been prevented?

To reduce the chances you eat healthy, exercising, staying mentally and socially active, and keeping stress in check.

Can this individual have children in the future?

The individual would have already had children because you get it when you are 65 or older.

Will those children be affected?

The children could be infected but anyone have a chance to get Alzheimer's.

What is the current status of research on this disorder?

Scientist have been in the process of coming up with a cure for Alzheimer's since the 1980s.

Is there a cure/new treatment coming soon?

Treatments are coming soon but as of right now the only cure is to help improve symptoms of memory loss.

Interesting Facts

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia.

Women are at a higher risk of getting Alzheimer's.

Education can lower the risk of getting Alzheimer's.

Alzheimers is the leading cause of death in the United States.


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