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Alzheimer
Bruce W Wade

Alzheimer:
Alzheimer is a degenerative disease in which patient lost power over his/her brain and is a common type of Dimenta. This results in damaging the memory, behavior and thinking of patient... Alzheimer is named after Alois Alzheimer who was born in 1906. He discovered this disease while examining the brain of 51 years old women. “Alois discovered the tangled filaments and plaque like structures in the neurons of her brain” (Stanton, 2001). It was confirmed later that these changes in structure of neuron is the major pathological change in this disease. All the scientists agreed that beta amyloid is the very poisonous and abnormal protein which damages the nerves of brain but they had no idea how this is formed. Age is the biggest risk in this disease. The risk is more in the age of 65 and above but it can also occur in young age from 30 to 40. But beside this, family history of Alzheimer is very big factor. In 1998, Alzheimer’s Association made research on 1000 people in New York City. They found out that the risk of Alzheimer is two times higher for white euro Americans and for African American, the risk is four times higher. Autopsy of brain tissue is used as a technique to find out the Alzheimer. But physical and neurological examine can also result in its diagnosis, which can be done by finishing other possible causes of dementia and other major symptoms or signs of Alzheimer's disease. With the aging of the U.S. population, the number of people with Alzheimer's and impact of the disease on society is growing rapidly. After the diagnosis of President Ronald Reagan with Alzheimer, media has put their focus and call has been made that something should really be done for the proper treatment of this disease. There has been lot of research for making the drug for preventing and delaying the disease and to improve its symptoms. Most of the research is financed by federal government with the collaboration of National Institutes of health and Alzheimer’s Association. The largest national voluntary health organization in America has also played vital role by providing their support services. They have also put their efforts to support the families of effected people. But still more than 75 % person with Alzheimer are been taken care by their families. Effects on Family:

Families recognize the person suffered with Alzheimer in many different ways. Family members thought that the patient’s behavior is different than usual but they don’t know the fact that he/she is suffering from Alzheimer. In many cases, patient is unable to perform simple routine tasks and lost control over his/her memory. But this is even more difficult when the patient lives alone because no one notices that something is changed and need help. Alzheimer affects many relationships in families especially between husband and wife as well because at the start of the disease, no one knows till its diagnosis. Husband and wife thought that their life partner has lost interest in him/her because the behavior of the patient changed and there are many cases in which even relations ended due to change of behavior of patient because other person knows nothing about the disease. So time period in the disease is very difficult for both patient and family because many emotional phases occur in between. But family support can do some real good for patient. If family notices anything unusual, they should definitely consult their doctor because time is very important in this. The Family Caregiven Alliance, also known as FCA, called Alzheimer the family disease because in this whole family suffers. Because it is very painful to see a fully adult family member turn into a helpless individual. This mental disease span is two to twenty years. American Medical Association said: “Often the effects of Alzheimer’s disease are more catastrophic for family than patient” (Alzheimer Disease, 2001). Case Study of Dane (Alzheimer’s Patient):

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