Alzheimer’s disease Holly Salyards Cincinnati State Technical & Community College

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Alzheimer’s disease Holly Salyards Cincinnati State Technical & Community College Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease which slowly destroys thinking and memory skills. These changes are severe enough to interfere with day to day life. This irreversible disease is the most common cause of dementia amongst the elderly, with an appearance of first symptoms after age 60. In 1906, Dr. Alois Alzheimer, noticed some changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. Her symptoms were comprised of memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior. After her death, Dr. Alzheimer examined her brain and found many abnormal clumps (amyloid plaques) and tangled bundles of…show more content…
The clinical manifestation or presentation of Alzheimer’s disease is not the same in every person, although symptoms seem to develop over the same general stages. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear after age 60. Alzheimer’s disease progresses through many stages, ranging from early to severe. Memory problems are normally one of the first warning signs of cognitive loss, possibly due to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. However, some people with memory problems present with a condition called amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI). People with this condition have more memory problems than normal for people their age, but symptoms are not quite as severe as those seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Some researchers have found those people with MCI also present with movement difficulties and problems with sense of smell. The ability of people with MCI to perform daily activities is not significantly impaired. Although, older people with MCI when compared to those without MCI, do go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease. During the very early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, there may be a decline in other aspects of cognition such as word-finding, vision/spatial issues, and impaired reasoning or judgment. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses into the mild stage, memory loss becomes worse and changes in other cognitive abilities are evident. These problems include: getting lost, trouble handling money and

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