Alzheimer's Disease

This disease has affected more than 5 million people in 2015

About Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease is a chromosomal abnormality found on chromosomes 1, 14 and 21. It was discovered by Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1906 while studying a corpse. It is a disease that causes loss of brain function and specifically affects memory, language and thought. After diagnosis, the life expectancy of an individual floats around 8 to 10 years, though it varies based on the form of Alzheimer's.

Symptom's and Effects

Alzheimer's causes loss of memory, language, thought, and even personality. People start to forget people's names frequently or where they were. As it becomes more aggressive, they forgot how to do simple tasks such as brushing their hair. In terms of language, people with Alzheimer's often slur their language and forget how to say certain words. Thinking clearly is also a challenge, as well as focusing on certain tasks. Changes in personality is surprisingly a symptom as well, as they often feel nervous or sad.

Help with Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Organization is a group that helps individuals with Alzheimer's. They provide people with caregivers and medicine. The caregivers help them complete tasks and take their medicine. It is often hard for family members alone to take care of them, making caregivers very important. The medicine provided helps slow symptoms and effects of the disease.
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Some Questions

Some people may ask if they are at risk of Alzheimer's, but most don't have to worry. If you are at risk though, you still don't have to worry about it usually until you are 65 and older. You are probably not at risk at all if nobody in your family history has ever had Alzheimer's.