Research Project # 40904000
Doing research on Alzheimer’s disease was very disheartening, just knowing what some people have to deal with on a daily basis was hard to imagine. I mean the simple definition of the disease is “progressive mental deterioration occurring in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain.” As you can imagine, that can take a toll on someone’s emotional stability, which can eventually lead to depression.
Most people often mistake the symptoms of Alzheimer’s for just old age or stress. In fact, somebody can actually show the signs of early AD for up to eight years before they are actually diagnosed. Alzheimer’s is usually diagnosed clinically from the patient history, collateral history from relatives and also clinical observations. This is based on the existence of typical neurological and neuropsychological features and the lack of other conditions. The symptom that need be watched for above all others would definitely be short term memory loss. Say somebody asks you the same question time and time again, simply because they do not remember what your answer was; that should be a significant sign that something is undeniably wrong. Don’t get me wrong, the person with the AD will not necessarily forget what happened in their lives in the past, it will just be harder for them to retain new information.
The more progressive the disease becomes, the easier it is to notice the signs and symptoms. This stage of Alzheimer’s gets in the way of independence and everyday activities. The affected become helpless, usually having to rely on caregivers to get through their daily lives. Not only does it become more difficult to read and write, but it also becomes an everyday challenge to simply have a conversation with anyone. In addition to that, the risk of falling also increases. This is because as time goes by, motor sequences become less coordinated. This in laments terms, means...