Alzheimer's Disease

By: Jocelyn Young

What is Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer's gradually gets worse over time. Memory loss is the most common effect of this disease, but as it get's worse people can't even carry on a conversation.

What Body System Does It Effect?

When you have A.D. it effects your brain and spinal cord. It also effects your digestive system, neuromuscle system, and central nervous system. All these systems rely on your brain and when your brain stops working then the rest of the systems shut down. Pneumonia is a common cause of death because when the person with Alzheimer's can't swallow food or drinks could get stuck in their airways.

Who Does it Effect?

Alzheimer's can effect any gender or race. This disease most commonly happens to people over the age of 65. It's not a disease that just happens at old age, most people with this get early on-set Alzheimer's when you're 40-50 years old. After the age of 85 there is a 50% chance of getting A.D.

How Does It Arise?

A.D can be hereditary. If you have a family member that has or had Alzheimer's you are more likely to get it. Even if it was your great grandparent you still have a greater chance of developing A.D. If you are older about the age of 65 you have a high chance of getting this disease.
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Using a checklist doctors will look for certain symptoms.

  • Medical history
  • Mental status testing
  • Blood tests and or brain imaging
  • Dementia

Signs and Symptoms

  • Memory loss
  • Struggles with every day tasks
  • Having trouble with figuring out simple problems
  • Not knowing what something as easy as a book is
  • Eating
  • Moving about
  • Talking


There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease. There is medication to help with behavioral and cognitive symptoms.


You probably won't live much longer once diagnosed with Alzheimer's. There isn't an actual length of how long the person should live but it depends on the person. Some might live for much longer and the other could die within a week.
Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2014


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