Diagnosis Of Alzheimer 's Disease

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Alzheimer 's disease is a form of dementia generally known for afflicting memory loss. An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from this disease (NIH, 2014). It is not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer’s is common among the elderly, yet surprisingly, two-thirds of the people affected are women. While two thirds affected are women, they are also more likely to be from an African-American or Hispanic descent. Alzheimer 's disease is present in 60 to 80 percent of dementia patients (Mayo Clinic, 2015). A symptom of Alzheimer 's is difficulty remembering newly obtained information. As time passes, Alzheimer’s symptoms worsen and there is no cure; there are research studies and experimental treatments available. An estimated $226…show more content…
Dr. Alzheimer discovered that it’s in fact more than just an abnormality of the brain but cerebrovascular risk factors that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease (Chinthapalli, 2014). While older age is one of the causing factors of dementia, gradual cognitive decline in those in their 60s rather their 90s is when Alzheimer’s is viewed as the cause of memory decline. Hypothesis The hypothesis for this research proposal is, “Using tools, methods and research strategies for early detection in patients with simple memory issues will give researchers a deeper understanding of the brains pathology of potential Alzheimer’s patients rather than merely addressing their current symptoms.” Research Process Research Design & Data Collecting Tools When conducting scientific research, there are many approaches that can be taken depending on the desired outcome. Researchers can have more than one hypotheses they want to address and in this case a quantitative research design would come in handy. A quantitative design involves gathering and changing data into numerical form so that statistical data is made and conclusions can be drawn from it (Matthews, & Kostelis, 2011). Statistical analysis allows the researcher to determine the level of the relationship between two or more variables. In the case of Alzheimer’s, it could be the relationship between mental exercises leading to greater mental capacity. Being objective is essential in quantitative research. In a quantitative study
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