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Alzheimer's Disease

Introduction

***** disease has developed into a major health concern for the elderly population throughout ***** world. This degenerative brain disorder was first described by Alois Alzheimer in 1907. Today Alzheimer's is one of the most prevalent forms of ***** d*****orders contributing to as much as 50 to 70 % of all reported cases of dementia. Over the years ***** study of early onset Alzheimer's disease (pre-senile AD) ***** kind ***** overshadowed the study of late onset Alzheimer in elderly group. However the disease statistics indicate an increasing susceptibility of the older *****. Approximately 5% ***** the population above 65 years of age and around 20% ***** the people above 85 years of age are affected by *****'s disease. Hence what ***** previously ignored as an inevitable old age symp*****m (senile *****) is now being properly recognized as ***** illness. ***** new perspective of ***** h***** resulted in a drastically altered understanding and ***** approac***** towards diagnosis and treatment. Let us study ***** disease in a little detail by analyzing the symptoms ***** the etiology along with ***** diagnostic approaches and the currently available treatment methods. In ***** process we will also briefly discuss some other common forms ***** dementia and how AD can be differentiated from them.

The Alzheimer's *****

Alzheimer's is a progressive, degenerative, and irreversible brain disease that stifles the normal cognitive and functional abilities of the affected person. There is a gradual deterioration of ***** mental faculties, which may ultimately lead to *****tal dysfunction of the brain resulting in ***** death of the patient. In general the progress of the d*****ease is very slow and steady and this presents considerable difficulty in early identification of ***** disease. Ho*****ver in some *****s there is a sudden and rapid decline in brain function leading to death in a few *****. Since the hum*****n brain is very adaptive ***** onset of Alzheimer's disease may not be obvious and it is only when as much as 80% ***** the brain cells are damaged symptoms are conspicuous. [Bennett, 63]

The main cause for the dise*****e is the destruction of the ***** cells particularly in the cortex region. In the first stage of ***** disease the ***** in the cerebral cortex that is associated w*****h memory is affected. Then as the dise*****e progresses ***** regions ***** the cerebral cortex ***** undergo progressive deterioration leading to total impairment of functional and cognitive *****. Though as in any other form ***** dementia syndrome ***** loss is one of the chief ***** noticeable problems the effect ***** the d*****e*****e extends to much more than memory loss and in ***** of the ***** ********** is a ***** crippling of the brain functions thereby affecting the individuals ability to relate ***** respond appropriately to the outside world.

Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

As discussed above Alzheimer's disease is characterized by a wide variety of ***** from ***** loss or amnesia, language difficulties, Dyspraxia or difficulties in perform*****g complex tasks to depression and other ********** of psychotic

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