Alzheimer's also known as Senile Dementia of Alzheimer’s Disease is an incurable, degenerative and terminal illness that affects about 1 in every 68 people. Alzheimer’s disease typically affects people at 65 years or older, however there are rare cases of early onset Alzheimer’s, which occurs at a much younger age. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s are usually misdiagnosed or overlooked due to the person’s age.
Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist was the first to describe Alzheimer’s disease in 1906, which is where it got its name. Although, the disease is unique to each person, similar symptoms do take place. What have thought to be the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s are usually are the most mistaken, difficulty with memory recall, especially with recent occurrences and the inability to form new memories. Additional symptoms include confusion, irritability, aggression, mood swings, language breakdown, long-term memory loss, and withdrawal.
As the disease progresses the person’s ability to function, and communicate effectively diminishes causing the person to be completely reliable on others. This causes the person to retreat or withdraw from social interaction. Alzheimer’s can cause a person to become disoriented, not know where they are, what they are doing, or who the people around them are. Ultimately Alzheimer’s can cause a very slow painful, miserable and lonely end to life.
Currently scientists do not know the cause of Alzheimer’s nor do they have a treatment for it. The progression of the disease is so sporadic that a definitive determination on how the disease progresses cannot even be established. Research has found out that Alzheimer’s is degeneration within the brain in which plaques or tangles form from proteins. Unfortunately once the plaque occurs within the brain there is no reversal, therefore subsequently causing Alzheimer’s disease. The development of symptoms varies so severely that most cases of Alzheimer’s are misdiagnosed.
Treatments have had no affect on curing or halting the progress of this disease and given very little symptomatic relief. Presently there has been nothing proven that delays the progression of Alzheimer’s. Lifestyle changes have been recommended to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s however there is no factual evidence to support this because no cause or cure has been established. Pharmaceutical drugs as well as mental stimulation, exercise, and a balanced diet have all been employed to help treat and prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s. People with Alzheimer’s need constant care and supervision until a breakthrough can determine how to manage this disease.
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