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 billion dollars is spent on medically caring for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease (NIH, 2014). So, how important is early detection in preventing or slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease?
Current Background
The disease was named after Alois Alzheimer, a physician who wrote a report based on the study of Auguste Deter. Auguste Deter was a 51-year-old woman living in an asylum who was disoriented and could not remember information. It was this woman’s young age and the early onset of dementia that intrigued Alzheimer in the first place (Chinthapalli, 2014). Auguste was the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In the days of Dr. Alois Alzheimer it was believed that the disease was simply early onset…
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