Sunday, September 19, 2010

Alzheimer's Disease


This article discusses what Alzheimer's Disease is, and the severity it has on a person. The article describes Alzheimer's Disease as a progressive and fatal brain disease. The disease destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, hobbies, and social life. The disease gets worse over time and it fatal. It is also the 7th leading death in the U.S. Alzheimer's usually begins after the age of 65 years old, but there are cases of it appearing in generations as young as 30s and 40s. Some of the early symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease are loss of concentration and forgetfulness. People often look over these symptoms because they are also signs of old aging. Other symptoms are fatigue, extreme memory loss, illness, hearing loss, grief, and depression. Alzheimer's currently has no cure, but treatments for the symptoms, combined with the right services and support, can make life better for the individuals suffering from the disease. My grandmother has a form of this disease, and the disease has completely taken her over. She is unable to do the daily tasks that she once was able to, and it has impacted her social life dramatically. As the disease got worse, she became less outgoing and began to keep to herself. Everyday is a constant struggle to remember how to do simple tasks. She has even gotten to the point where she told herself that she forgets how to walk- when she is infact more than capable of doing so. Alzheimer's is a rapidly growing disease, and I hope doctors come up with some kind of solution or cure for it.

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