The Development Of Alzheimer 's Disease Essay

1806 Words Nov 19th, 2014 8 Pages
Introduction The development of Alzheimer’s disease tends to be a slow progression at first although the disease can progress rapidly in each stage without warning. Some people tend to stay at a certain stage for a long time without any dramatic change. Alzheimer’s is one of the main forms of dementia besides vascular dementia, mixed dementia, frontotemporal dementia and Parkinson’s. At first it begins with memory gaps here and there but then progresses to not remembering your closest family members. The downfalls of this disease is how it shows visual decline in ability to recognize objects or people, decline in motor skills, decline in comprehensive function required to complete a task and disability in not able to think with good judgment, think abstractly and carry out complicated tasks. This disease was first thoroughly seen in Auguste D. who was a patient of Alois Alzheimer at Hospital for the Mentally Ill in Frankfurt because he studied nervous disorders and dementia. Although doctors had known about dementia for many centuries it was always only attributed to old age. Auguste’s case was different because she was very young and her symptoms included reduced memory, disorientation, and paranoia. Sadly the case did not go anywhere because AD wasn’t recognized until the 1970’s. AD has had some genetic contributions which have tried to solve the puzzle to this mystery of disease while also explaining how the environment and psychological causes can increase the…

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