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Genetics, Brain Structure, and Behavior Presentation Evaluation

Letty Bagwell
PSY 340
November 4, 2012
Dr. Annie Powers

Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is almost as feared as cancer in America. This disease is so aggressive it steals the memory and the mind of individuals in a matter of months. People who have seen Alzheimer’s illness know it can take away what is important to people, their memories. People must have an understanding of the disease itself, what type of neurological damage it causes, the behavioral changes, what causes the illness, and what treatments are available. People must understand the role of genetics is this disease, how important prevention is, and different effects it has on each person with the illness. Iinclude a review of an Alzheimer’s Power Point Presentation.

Alzheimer’s disease discovered in Germany, in 1905 by a doctor named Alois Alzheimer. He had a patient in an asylum where he was working, whom he watched her condition deteriorate with memory loss, difficulty with speech, confusion, suspicion, agitation, wandering, and screaming. She also became unaware of her surroundings and became incontinent. When Dr. Alzheimer performed the autopsy, he discovered neurofibrillary tangles and senile plaques which became a signature trait of Alzheimer’s disease. After the discovery in 1905, he took his finding to a group of psychiatrists in 1906 to get a public description of this new disease, named after him. This opened a door in the medical field to further neurological research on illness and treatment.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most advanced neurological disorders of the 21st century. The more research done on the illness, the more...
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