Alzheimer's Disease

Published by: Joshua Gargan

I chose this disease because...

I chose this disease because I never really understood what Alzheimer's is and what it does; all I ever knew was that it causes people to die because of loosing their memory. Now, I understand better what it is and I hope you will understand it too. :)
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About Alzheimer's Disease

You may be wondering what Alzheimer's Disease is and why it is so important. Well, Alzheimer's Disease is a disease caused by the death of brain cells in your brain. It can cause you to slowly loose your memory, thinking ability and behavior; it affects every aspect of your life! Alzheimer's is another form of dementia- the loss of mental functions like thinking, memory and reasoning.

How is Alzheimer's diagnosed?

Diagnoses for Alzheimer's can be done by a physician; it is better to get a diagnoses early because if you have it, you can plan for the future, make living arrangements, take care of financial and legal matters and develop support networks. The diagnoses requires a thorough medical history, mental status testing, physical and neurological exam and tests to rule out other causes for the symptoms.

How is Alzheimer's treated?

Their are treatments or prescription drugs to manage the symptoms; sadly, their are no cures to Alzheimer's.

Who will get it?

It is estimated that 5,000,000 people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's; 100,000 people die every year in the U.S. because of it. People who are 65 or older have a 10% chance of having it and 40-50% chance if they're 85 or older. Though, their are rare cases when people start having the symptoms in their 30s, 40s or 50s, because of rare genes that were passed down(called Familial Alzheimer's).