Alzheimer 's Disease And Its Effects

1270 Words Oct 18th, 2014 6 Pages
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disease that attacks and ultimately destroys brain cells. Without these cells functioning properly, every aspect of a person’s life is adversely affected until they are no longer able to care for themselves. Despite years of research and the large amount of money that has gone into the study of this disease and its effects, there is much that remains a mystery in regards to Alzheimer’s disease. While great strides have been made towards a cause and ultimately a cure, there is much work to be done before Alzheimer’s disease will no longer be a threat.
Alzheimer’s disease is, as of yet, an incurable disease that slowly destroys a person’s memory, cognitive skills, and as it progresses eventually motor skills in the ability to perform routine daily tasks. According to the National Institute of Health, Alzheimer’s is an incurable disease that gradually destroys brain tissue, which leads to a degraded ability to remember even the simplest of tasks (Alzheimer’s). The effects of Alzheimer’s disease begin small and are easily mistaken as simple missteps of the mind. Ultimately, these missteps become more frequent and other functions are forgotten until even routine tasks become impossible without assistance. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia. Dementia is a generic term used to describe a loss of memory and other various intellectual faculties, which interfere with a patient’s day-to-day life (Alzheimer’s Association). Not everyone who suffers…
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