ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE


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The reason that I chose Alzheimer’s diseases as the disease that I will report on is because I felt that it is a very fascinating and common disease within people over the age of 60. I believed that if I now a great deal about this disease, I would understand more about why so many people have become devastated by Alzheimer’s.


A good friend of my mothers also has the disease but sadly she has died. However after asking family more about Alzheimer’s I understood the basics of the disease. At first her family didn’t say much but after a while they told me what she went through she couldn’t be left alone at home, she could be left alone in the back yard she pretty much couldn’t do anything without her husband. She began seeing wearied shapes, dreaming about a fantasy world and repeating stories over and over again. Her memory gradually thinning and began to lose control of her physical functions. It became so bad that she couldn’t even feed herself or communicate with others. After 5 to 6 years of excruciating pain and suffering she died.


The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are rather easy to distinguish and classify. Patients of the disease lose much of the information that they have just been taut and have little or no recollection of the past. They begin to repeat themselves and constantly misplace objects. They become confused on simple tasks like touching their noise with a finger. If a person has Alzheimer’s and is in a big building, house or shopping center they would get very agitated and get lost. Psychologically patients begin to become depressed most of the time and be anxious or confused. In some cases become so restless they can barely sleep for longer that 2 hours at a time.


The cause of Alzheimer’s, although not completely proven, is strictly genetics. It is passed down from generation to generation and that is one reason why it is so common among older people. 4% of people between 65 and 74 are effected, 10% of those between 75 and 84 years old and 20% of those between 85 + years old. However it is a different case if you are younger as it is incredible rare among young and middle age people.


There are not many treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. The only legal prescription that I could fin on the Internet is Tacrine (changes the length and makes the patient life just that little bit longer.) However there are many ways you can make the risk factors of having Alzheimer’s disease decrease, these are: Eat better food don’t be depressed have plenty of exercise and eat well.


So from now on for me I will be eating the right food and doing more exercise because if I don’t I now that I might get Alzheimer’s when I’m an old man.



FOR MORE DETAILED INFO ON THE DISEASE SEE BEHIND + THERE IS AN INTERESING GRAPH THAT SHOW THAT FEMALES ARE MORE LIKEY TO GET Alzheimer’s THAN MALE’s


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