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Alzheimer's Disease


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Title: Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease
Understanding Alzheimer's
  • In 1906 Dr. Alois Alzheimer was first to describe
    Alzheimer's illness.
  • Since then millions of people have been diagnosed
    with the disease.

What Is Alzhemers
  • A progressive, degenerative illness that attacks
    the brain and results in impaired memory,
    thinking and behavior.

What Are the Warning Signs?
  • Memory loss that affects job skills
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • Problems with langiage
  • Disorientation to time and place
  • Poor or decreased judgment
  • Problems with abstract thinking
  • Misplacing things
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Changes in personality
  • Loss of initiative

Does Alzheimer's Disease Occur in Younger Adults?
  • Yes, though less frequently.
  • The disaese can occur in people in their 30s, 40s
    and 50s.
  • Most people diagnosed are older than 65.
  • The form of the illness that strikes younger
    people accounts for less than 10 percent of all
    reported cases.

Does Alzheimer's Illness Run in Families?
  • Evidence is not clear
  • Cases where several members of a single family
    have been diagnosed is rare

What Causes Alzheimer's?
  • Scientists are still not certain.
  • Age and family history have been identified as
    potential risk factors.
  • Researchers are exploring the role of genetics.