A Glance Into The Mind Of Alzheimer 's Disease

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A Glance into the Mind of Alzheimer’s Connor Doss English III Trull October 20, 2014 What would you do if you or a family member was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease? More than 5 million senior citizens in America are living with Alzheimer’s. In 2002, my grandfather was diagnosed with this condition. It has changed his life and my family’s lives ever since. Taking care of him is a bit challenging when you don’t understand the disease. Alzheimer’s is a progressive illness that is a type of dementia. Dementia is the decline in mental ability that is serious enough to affect daily life habits. Alzheimer’s causes memory loss, and problems with thinking, and with behavior (Alzheimer’s, p.1). Many people think that Alzheimer’s is a normal part of aging, but it is not. The majority of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are at the age of 65 and older. However, five percent of people have early onset Alzheimer’s. People with early onset are in their 40s and 50s. Early onsets is a sign of Alzheimer’s at a younger age. People that have early onset have trouble with memory similar to patients with Alzheimer’s (Younger, p.1). This disease is progressive, which means it worsens over time. It is split up into seven stages. The first stage is normal. The individual acts like a normal person. There are no signs and symptoms that prove that the patient is going to develop the disease. He can function properly, has no trouble with memory, and also has no

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