Alzheimer’s Disease in the Philippines: “Not Only a Loss of Memory”

Topics: Alzheimer's disease, Neuron, Caregiver Pages: 16 (4028 words) Published: February 14, 2013
NWO State University
Ikariam City, Alpha Sever

Alzheimer’s Disease in the Philippines:

“Not Only a Loss of Memory”

Submitted By:

SNDS Lover

Submitted To:

Leader of SNDS Lover

February 29, 1801


I. Foreword

II. Introduction

III. Historical Background

IV. What is Alzheimer’s Disease

V. Symptoms

VI. Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

VII. Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease

VIII. Treatment after Diagnosis

IX. The Alzheimer Caregiver

X. Conclusion

XI. World Organizations

XII. References


The purpose of this research paper is to determine the history, causes, symptoms, diagnosis and Philippine scenario of Alzheimer’s Disease

The subject matter has been arranged so that the reader may easily understand the content of the research paper.

The references and Philippines Institutions were mentioned to be able to spread-out that the Philippine Government is serious on handling this disease.

Finally, I would like to thank my dear friend with initials M.B.S. and is a registered nurse by profession, (which he does not want to published his full name) who is now in United Arab Emirates for giving me data, information and a little discussion regarding this disease, to my family who always support me for my financial backing during this research, to my dreamed girl friend whom I always talked to in the chat room if I have some difficulties in handling this research.


Alzheimer's disease, a neurodegenerative brain disease, is the most common cause of dementia. It currently afflicts about 5% of 4 million Filipinos and is the one of the leading cause of death in the Philippines. Furthermore, Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of mental impairment in elderly people and accounts for a large percentage of admissions to assisted living homes, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities. Psychotic symptoms, such as delusions and hallucinations, have been reported in a large proportion of patients with this disease. In fact, it is the presence of these psychotic symptoms can lead to early institutionalization.

Learning about Alzheimer’s disease and realizing that it is much more that just a loss of memory can benefit the families of those with the disorder as well as society as a whole. The purpose of this paper is to look at the disorder, as well as to discuss the history, symptoms, diagnosis and hopes of a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Historical Background
Around the turn of the century, two kinds of dementia were defined by Emil Kraepin: senile and presenile. The presenile form was described more in detail by Alois Alzheimer as a progressive deterioration of intellect, memory and orientation. As a neuropathologist, Alzheimer studied the case a 51 year-old woman. When she died, Alzheimer performed an autopsy and found that she had “cerebral atrophy” (deterioration of the brain), “senile plaques” (protein deposits) and “neurofibrillary tangles” (abnormal filaments in nerve cells) in her brain -- three common pathological features of those who have Alzheimer’s Disease.

Today, as research on Alzheimer's disease progresses, scientists are describing other abnormal anatomical and chemical changes associated with the disease. These include nerve cell degeneration in the brain's nucleus and reduced levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brains of Alzheimer's disease victims (Alzheimer’s Disease). However, from a practical standpoint, conducting an autopsy of an individual to make a definitive diagnosis is rather ineffective.

What is Alzheimer's Disease?
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