Social, Ethical, And Economic Problems

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AD was first identified in 1906, however, research into its causes and treatment only gained momentum over the past 30 years. Research into AD and the exact physiological changes that trigger the development of AD still remain unknown. The only exceptions are certain rare, inherited forms of the disease caused by known genetic mutations. (Dekkers, W., & Marcel, O. R. 2006) There are some major links to those who are affected by (AD). The link that connects family history those who have a parent, or sibling with Alzheimer 's are at a greater risk of developing the disease. (Dekkers, W., & Marcel, O. R. 2006) AD is not a usual part of growing older, however, it is one of the highest risk factor for the disease. Currently, millions of people are affected by AD worldwide and the number is expected to rise well over 106 million by the year 2050, this rise will cause serious clinical, social, ethical, and economic problems. (Dekkers, W., & Marcel, O. R. 2006) According to scientific evidence most individuals with AD are age 65 or older making it the number one cause for Alzheimer’s. Developing Alzheimer’s increases radically about every five years after age 65. AD slowly wears away at memory and the ability to retain new information little by little, your brain begins to degenerate. (Dekkers & Marcel 2006) AD eventually effects the ability to carry out the simplest of tasks. The effects of AD are different in every patient but, the most common symptom begins slowly and
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