It is inevitable that eventually each of us will grow old and begin to face more and more health problems as our age rises. Elderly people are challenged by many illnesses and diseases that unfortunately, are incurable. One disease that becomes more common as people age is Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's a common cause and a form of dementia and can severely damage a patient's cognitive functions and can ultimately cause death. Living with Alzheimer's disease can be saddening for both the sufferer and the family. Family and friends will find it very hard to cope when a loved one begins slipping away and losing memory of who they are.
Alzheimer's disease comes from the last name of a neuro-psychiatrist from Germany, Alois Alzheimer. The disease was first diagnosed when a woman in her early fifties began experience memory problems. "Alzheimer recounted the now famous case of Auguste D.' a 51-year-old housewife who had been failing mentally for several years. As a result she had been admitted to his care in the Asylum for the Insane and Epileptic " (Maurer and Maurer 1). After her death, he continued to examine her brain to find causes and explanations for her behavior. He discovered " classic neuro-pathological signs of plaques and tangles" (Maurer and Maurer 1). "Plaques are chains of amino acids that are pieces of the amyloid precursor protein tangles are aggregates of the protein tau" (Secko 1). As plaques develop they produce tangles and "these two abnormalities ultimately lead to loss of cognitive function" (Secko 1) Alois Alzheimer's research has allowed many specialist to conclude that the apolipoproetein E gene may contribute to the disease.
The occurrence and deposits of these proteins in the brain and in the body may ultimately lead to whether or not someone will be susceptible and diagnosed with Alzheimer disease.
Alzheimer's disease is rising at a very high rate. "The number of new cases per year is estimated at 360,000... [continues]
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