Alzheimer's Research Paper 2

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Alzheimer’s disease

A Research Paper for Science

Introduction
It occasionally happens to everyone. You can’t find your glasses. The grocery list is on the refrigerator, and you’re at the store. You forget the new neighbour’s first name.
With over one hundred billion cells, fifteen thousand connections, and forty-five chemical messengers, it isn’t surprising that the brain periodically misfires. Often, these memory lapses are merely inconvenient. However, they can signal more serious medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Recognizing normal changes, learning risk factors, and assessing signs and symptoms are critical for understanding your memory loss. If forgetfulness is impacting your everyday life, it is time to
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The person may begin to have trouble with figures when working on bills, with understanding what is being read, or with organizing the day's work. Further disturbances in behavior and appearance may also be seen at this point, such as agitation, irritability, quarrelsomeness, and a diminishing ability to dress appropriately.

Later in the course of the disorder, affected individuals may become confused or disoriented about what month or year it is, be unable to describe accurately where they live, or be unable to name a place being visited. Eventually, patients may wander, be unable to engage in conversation, erratic in mood, uncooperative, and lose bladder and bowel control. In late stages of the disease, persons may become totally incapable of caring for themselves. Death can then follow, perhaps from pneumonia or some other problem that occurs in severely deteriorated states of health. Those who develop the disorder later in life more often die from other illnesses (such as heart disease) rather than as a consequence of Alzheimer's disease

Ten warning signs of Alzheimer's disease

The Alzheimer's Association has developed the following list of warning signs that include common symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Individuals who exhibit several of these symptoms should see a physician for a complete evaluation.

1. Memory loss 2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks 3. Problems with language 4.

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