Causes Of Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer’s Disease is defined as a progressive mental deterioration, that can occur in the middle of old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the most common form of Dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer’s can, also, impact other cognitive abilities that can lead to interference with the daily life. This disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of Dementia cases. In the 1900s, Dr. Alois Alzheimer noticed changes in the brain tissue of women who had died of an unusual mental illness. Alzheimer’s Disease is named after Dr. Alzheimer. Scientists still do not fully understand what causes the disease in most people, but there are a few ideas based on the symptoms. One idea is that it is caused …show more content…

Research has found several of this type of gene that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s. The first is APOE-e4 and it is the gene with the strongest impact on the risk. This is one of three very common forms of the APOE genes; APOE-e2 and APOE-e3. Everyone inherits one form of the APOE gene from each parent, but only people with the APOE-e4 have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Inheriting two of the APOE-e4 gene have an even higher risk, but still not a guarantee. If Alzheimer’s develops from this gene, symptoms may appear at a younger age than …show more content…

There are several types of symptoms for this disease. They include cognitive(mental decline, delusion, disorientation, etc), behavioral(aggression, agitation, personality changes, etc), mood(anger, apathy, mood swings, etc), psychological(depression, hallucination, paranoia, etc), and whole body(loss of appetite, restlessness, etc). Having the inability to combine muscle movements or jumbled speech are also common symptoms. Watching for symptoms is vital in Alzheimer’s in order to catch it early enough. There are ten common symptoms to watch for in someone who may have the disease.
The first sign is memory loss that disrupts daily life. This is the most common sign and it includes forgetting recently learned information, forgetting important dates, asking for the same information over and over, or increasingly needing to rely on memory aids and family members for things they used to handle on their own. Although forgetfulness is a common age-related change that is only if they are sometimes forgetting names or appointments but remembering them later

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