Essay on Informative Speech Alzheimer’s

1316 Words Jun 25th, 2013 6 Pages
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about Alzheimer’s disease.

Central Idea: Alzheimer's disease affects millions of Americans each year thus it is important to become familiar with the risk factors, symptoms and treatment options available for those living with the disease.
Method of Organization: Topical.
Alzheimer’s disease
I. One year ago, my grandmother entered a state of rapid decline.
A. She would get confused while out for a walk and forget how to get home.
B. She would forget that her husband, parents and other family members had been dead for years.
C. She would confuse much younger family members as being her parents or a friend she had not seen since grade school.
II. My grandmother’s
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1) Most people suffering from the disease are 65 years of age or older.
2) The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease doubles about every five years after the age of 65.
B. Another strong risk factor for the development of Alzheimer’s disease is family history.
3) Those who have a family member with Alzheimer’s are more likely to develop the disease.
4) The risk factor increases if more than one family member suffers from the disease.
5) There are two types of genes that play a role in whether a person will develop Alzheimer’s disease or not.
a) Risk genes increase the likelihood of developing the disease but do not guarantee it will happen.
b) Deterministic genes directly cause the disease. Anyone who inherits the genes will develop the disease.
(Transition) Now that you know the risk factors that lead to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, let’s look at the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
II. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include: loss of memory, loss of cognitive skills and depression.
C. Memory loss that disrupts daily life is one of the most common first signs of Alzheimer’s.
6) This is especially true when one begins to forget recently learned information, such as names, and forgetting important events such as birthdays, as well as asking for the same information…