Advanced Health Conditions

Alzheimers

  • 7-15-2009
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Alzheimers Disease Overview:
Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative problem which eventually results in the affected individual losing the ability to perform any action under his/her own power. The condition was once very rare but has become the leading cause of dementia, the inability to execute mental functions. Alzheimer's disease grows worse with time as the nerves cells in the brain continue to die without replacement. This leaves the individual completely reliant on others for assistance and unable to sustain any memories.

Alzheimers Disease Causes:
The cause of Alzheimer's disease is unknown, which is why a cure has not been developed yet. There are, however, theories which attribute the condition to a variety of elements, but none has been proven with substantial evidence. Alzheimer's disease does posses characteristics which suggest a genetic trait is the agent, as the condition often affects members of the same gene pool. Activity levels and diet are also believed to contribute to the development of the condition.

Alzheimers Disease Symptoms:
There are a variety of symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease, all of which worsen with time. Some of the most recognizable symptoms are memory loss, confusion, and forgetfulness. The individual also will also have trouble performing tasks he/she has easily performed many times before. Their personalities typically change dramatically and they struggle to follow simple directions. Motor skills deteriorate, and they often lose all ambitions and initiative. The effects start mildly, often not even realizable until long afterwards, then with time become more abundant until the individual loses all ability to function on his/her own.