Unpredictable Impacts Of Alzheimer 's Disease And Their Effects On Social Institutions

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Unpredictable Impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and
Their Effects on Social Institutions
Wesley Scott
Miami University “It 's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn 't appeal to anyone.” – Andy Rooney
Imagine what it is like to forget a loved one’s face. Consider the possibility of being lost in a once familiar place. Although these actions could be symptomatic of old age, they might also suggest the onset of a much more sinister situation. It is difficult to understand the erratic behavior of those who were once lucid and transparent in their dealings. However, their odd and exhibited behaviors may not be intentional. There must be a cause identified in relation to such unpredictable actions. Alzheimer’s disease is a deteriorating illness that has a devastating impact on an individual’s position within their family, educational echelons, and civil society.
“Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.” (National Institute on Aging, 2015)
Though the idea of this disease is most associated with the elderly, it can attack individuals at any time. During the course of history, those who were afflicted were thought to be insane or have mental deficiencies. With little or no research to establish a firm diagnosis, these individuals were committed to orphanages, psychiatric…

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