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Alzheimer’s disease

Recently, I have been researching at lengths on the topic of “Alzheimer’s Disease” in order to put together a presentation for my Biology class. Through my browsing and reading I found some facts that shocked me.

Since we all have a brain and this disease primarily affects a crucial part of it, I thought it was best shared with everyone.

(who deserve it . . . kidding!)

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

“Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to waste away (degenerate)and die”

“Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks”

What causes Alzheimer’s disease?

The exact causes of Alzheimer’s disease aren’t fully understood, however, scientists believe a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain over time. Microscopic changes in the brain begin long before the first signs of memory loss.

But at its core are problems with brain proteins that fail to function normally, disrupt the work of brain cells (neurons) and unleash a series of toxic events.

Neurons are damaged, they lose connections to each other and eventually die

What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?

 – Memory loss that disrupts daily life

– Challenges in planning  and/or solving problems

– Difficulty completing daily tasks

– Confusion with time and/or place

– Decreased or poor judgment

– Withdrawal from professional, social activities

– Changes in mood and personality

How to treat Alzheimer’s disease?

There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s. The death of brain cells cannot be reversed. However, there are therapeutic interventions that can make it easier for people to live with the disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the following are important elements of dementia care:

– effective management of any conditions occurring alongside the Alzheimer’s

– activities and day-care programs

– involvement of support groups and services

Hope this provided an overview of Alzheimer’s disease. If not anything in particular, I am sure you just added a drop to the ocean of your knowledge!

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