Alzheimer's

A Disease of the Brain

Normal Brains Vs. Alzherimer's Brains

The Neurons send messages to each other, and to other certain parts of the brain. These relays are constant, and this is what gives you memory and understanding of the world around you.



With Alzheimer's, the neurons die by multiple means, and slowly, ever so slowly, you lose all of the knowledge in which took a lifetime. People eventually don't even recognize their own family or their house. It is a sad transformation, that is Alzheimer's.

My Mom (In an Interview)

My mom saw my great grandmother (her grandmother) while she as suffering from Alzheimer's. So, I decided to ask her some questions about her experiences with her grandmother before she died.



Alzheimer's Interview

Symptoms


  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Apathy

Age Affected

This disease commonly occurs in people 65 years or older, but some cases as young as 40 have been reported.

Destruction of the mind

Imagine a house with all of the lights on, then the someone slowly turns off all of the lights. Over a period of 10 months, or 10 years. This is a perfect example of Alzheimer's and the brain.


With Alzheimer's the death rate is unfortunately 100%.

How Many People Suffer?

By 2050, it is expected that 14 million Americans will have this horrible disease, compared to the 5.4 million currently suffering.

Thanks a Lot, Mom and Dad!

Researchers believe that up to 88 genes affect your chances of getting Alzheimer's. Researchers also believe this is why long "branches" of a family tree all get Alzheimer's.

What's Going on in There?

Care Givers

If you are a member of the family where someone has Alzheimer's, and you are going to be the care giver, and you don't have insurance like Medicaid or something along those lines. You can expect your savings account to drain out relatively fast. About 200,000 dollars can get sucked away in just two or so years.


Along with the emotional sadness of seeing someone's mind turn them back to the stages of a clueless young child, physical strength will be tested as well. Helping someone with literally everything for every day can get tiring. People need to help them get dressed, go to the bathroom, even get to somewhere in the house.

Doctor, Can't You Help Me?!

Unfortunately, this disease is too unknown to know about the specific things that cause the A-Beta Plaques to bunch. Or what causes the Tau to strangle the pathways between neurons. The only drugs that show any benefit, if any benefit, are anti psychotics that help with the symptoms of anger. and anti depression pills, for depression. A full scale cure is not expected to be out for another 15-20 years, this includes Development and testing.


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