[2015] Brook Cutter: Alzheimer's Disease

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[2015] Brook Cutter: Alzheimer's Disease

What is Alzheimer's?Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with a person's memory, thinking, speech, and behavior. Alzheimer's is a progessive disease which affects the brain and nervous system. Alzheimer's attacks neurons in the brain, and it does not correlate with normal aging. The age which Alzheimer's disease affects most ranges between 65 and older. However, this disease has an early onset of which is found in people aging from 40 to 50 years of age.

Alzheimer's Disease

1) In the U.S. a person develops Alzheimer's disease every 67 seconds.2) Two thirds of Alzheimer's disease is found in females.3) Sixth leading cause of deaths in U.S.4) Estimated 700,000 people die with Alzheimer's disease.5) Out of the top 10 causes of deaths in the U.S. Alzheimer's is the only disease that can not be prevented or cure.

Alzheimer's disease is a fatal disease, and there is no cure. Diagnosing this disease can be complex, and it also requires a good medical evaluation. An acceptable evaluation recommended by Alzheimer's Association would include a thorough medical history, mental status testing, a physical and neurological exam, following blood tests and brain imaging. Treatment for Alzheimer's disease includes medications which help memory loss, behavorial changes, and sleep changes. Some medications that treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease included Donepezil Hydrochloride (Aricept), Rivastigmine (Exelon), and Galantamine Hydrobromide (Razadyne). Some medications which help moderate to severe Alzheimer's include Namenda, Namenda XR, and Namzaric. Although Alzheimer's does have alternative/herbal remedies which help delay or prevent memory loss. These dietary supplements include the following: Caprylic acid and coconut oil, Concerns, CoenzymeQ10, Coral Calcium, Ginkgo biloba, Huperzine A, Omega-3 fatty acids, Phosphatidylerine, and Tramiprosate.

Healthy Brain v.s. Alzheimer's Brain

The Facts...

What's my name?Where am I?How did I get here?

Diagnosis and Treatment

How can I prevent Alzheimer's Disease?

There are three different stages of Alzheimer's disease.Mild (early-stage)Moderate (middle-stage)Severe (late-stage)

How Alzheimer's affects the system/body

Cited Work1) Understanding Alzheimer's Disease. CreateSpace, 2014. 24. Print2) "Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia | Alzheimer's Association." Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia | Alzheimer's Association. 2015. Web. 21 Nov. 2015. . 3) "Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet." National Institute on Aging Turning Discovery Into Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,1 May 2015. Web. 3 Nov. 2015..4) "Alzheimer's Foundation of America-Alzheimer's Disease Treatment." Alzheimer's Foundation of America-Alzheimer's Disease Treatment. Alzheimer's Foundation of America. 2015. Web. 3 Nov. 2015. .5) "Latest Alzheimer's Facts and Figures." Latest Facts & Figures Report. Alzheimer's Association, 17 Sept. 2013. Web. 27 Nov. 2015. .

By: Brook Cutter


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