All About Alzheimers

by. Kinsie Wright

why I chose this topic...

I chose this topic because my grandpa died of Alzheimers and i want to have a better understanding of this topic for future knowledge. After this project i hope to have an overall better understanding of Alzheimers and I would like to know why and how we develop this disease.

what is Alzheimers?

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Eventually this will cause failure to complete simple tasks.

whats going on in the brain when you have Alzheimers?

-Areas of the brain start to decade before memory and other cognitive problems become noticeable. During this stage of Alzheimer’s disease, people seem to be symptom-free, but toxic changes are taking place in the brain.

-Damage initially takes place in the hippocampus, this is the part of the brain that is essential for forming memories. over time more neurons will die and with that other parts of the brain will be effected. By the final stages of Alzheimers, damage is widespread, and brain tissue has shrunken significantly.

Teaming up to treat Alzheimer's (By. Jennie Ward Robinson)

Jennies goals are to...

-increase physiologist awareness and knowledge of this disease to help diagnose and treat Alzheimers.

-in particular Ward Robinson says the tool primarily used to diagnose Alzheimers (the Many Status Exam) is not sufficient, and psychologist can help develop a better one

-psychologist can also find ways to help familys cope with stress when they have a family member or loved one with Alzheimers, and also help them learn new ways to care for their loved ones.

1906-1960: First discovery

German physician Alois Alzheimer describes the haunting case of Auguste D., a patient who had profound memory loss, unfounded suspicions about her family, and other worsening psychological changes. In her brain at autopsy, he saw dramatic shrinkage and abnormal changes in and around nerve cells.

Interesting facts about Alzheimers...

-In the U.S more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimers.

-Every 68 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimers.

-Women are at higher risk to develop Alzheimers disease.

-The cost of Alzheimers disease in 2013 was $203 billion.