Topics: Alzheimer's disease, Symptom, Memory loss Pages: 4 (1450 words) Published: December 15, 2012
Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease, what is there to say about this disease? There is an uncomfortable ease about knowing that it is known that you develop this disease in old age, or do you. We will learn and understand about how (AD) Alzheimer’s disease was discovered, named, its’ myths, past and present treatments, signs and symptoms, and diagnosis. It will be known how it was considered a disease and not just a normal or regular part of becoming of age or aging. With Alzheimer’s having several stages associated with it, we will discover that not everyone will experience all stages, symptoms, or progress at the same time or rate.

Alzheimer’s was first discovered by a German physician by the name of Dr. Alois Alzheimer when he “specifically identified a collection of brain cell abnormalities as a disease” (A History of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2012, para. 1) in one of his patients that died after “years of severe memory problems, confusion, and difficulty understanding questions” (A History of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2012, para. 1). During this time within history, Alzheimer’s disease was not known as a disease, but just a normal part of aging. It was only because of a “discovered link between cognitive decline and the number of plaques and tangles in the brain” (A History of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2012, para. 2) that Alzheimer’s was recognized as something other than just people getting older.

Next, we understood or take a closer look at the myths that were and still are associated with Alzheimer’s include that the memory loss factor within the disease is a normal part of aging. There is an understanding that memory loss is a normal part of the aging process, but when it comes down to Alzheimer’s, it is considered more than just the basic reality of just forgetting a person’s name or birthdate. Alzheimer’s memory loss is more than just...
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