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Alzheimer's Disease

How does Alzheimer's Disease effect one's life?

Alzheimer's is a progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the most common cause of premature senility.

•Having less energy and drive to do things•Less interest in work and social activities and spending more time just sitting, watching TV, or sleeping•Loss of recent memories, like forgetting conversations and events that just happened•Language problems, like trouble putting their thoughts into words or understanding others•Mild coordination problems, such as trouble writing or using familiar objects.•A hard time with everyday tasks, such as following a recipe or balancing a checkbook•Mood swings that involve depression or a lack of interest•Trouble with driving, like getting lost on familiar routes

In the United States*1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer's or another dimentia*It is the only top 10 Causes of death that cannot be cured or slowed*Almost two-thirds of Alzheimer's patients are women *Sixth leading cause of death*Only 45% of people with this disease are told they have it (90% of cancer patients are told they have cancer)

A protein called beta-amyloid sticks together to form clumps called plaques. A protein called tau twists inside brain cells. These twists are called tangles. Researchers are trying to figure out if plaques and tangles cause AD, or if they are just associated with AD.


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