Alzheimers Speech

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http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Resources/images.htm

I just passed out a blank card to everyone I would like you to draw an analog clock that reads the time 4:45, hang on to this piece of paper and I’ll explain it a little bit later.

You might be wondering why there is a picture of an elderly woman on the screen. Well, that lovely old woman Is my grandmom and she was formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about 6 years ago, she was my inspiration for this speech .

Mayo Clinic defines Alzheimer’s to be a disease that causes brain changes that gradually get worse. Alzheimers is the most common cause of dementia

dementia is a group of brain disorders that cause progressive loss of intellectual and social skills, severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life.

There are 2 types of Alzheimer's, the most common is called late onset alzheimers which symptoms of the disease emerge after age 65, the other is called early onset alzheimers, this occurs in a small amount of people who develop the disease in their 30s 40's and 50s

When a person has Alzheimers the brain slowly loses its ability to make and retrieve memories and process information. A friend's name that was once familiar now eludes them, a recipie that they used to make all the time now is impossible to remember, family members names are and even a spouces face are forgotten.

Mood and personality changes can also occur, most of the time you will notice increased anxiety or agression..although sometimes you will notice that person become more introverted and quiet eventually this DZ makes it impossible for people to exist without the help of others. That help often comes from the family members or an assisted living facility

An easy way to explain this dz is to think about an old light bulb in a lamp, in the beginning its on..then sometimes it flickers until eventually it is off.

So what exactly is going on in the brain that causes it to flicker and finally turn...
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