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A review of Alzheimer's disease, including its symptoms, diagnosis, prevalence, treatment and care.
# 152258 | 1,832 words | 9 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 20, 2013 in Aging (Gerontology) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper overviews Alzheimer's Disease (AD), the most frequent cause of neuro-degenerative dementia in the elderly. The paper looks at the genes responsible for AD, the symptoms and the criteria for diagnosing AD and its global prevalence. The paper then explores the disease's current treatments and their effectiveness, as well as the role of adult day care for Alzheimer's patients. Finally, the paper considers the problems in caring for an Alzheimer's patient and how they can be addressed.

Global Prevalence
Current Treatment and Their Effectiveness
Services for AD: Adult Day Care
Problems and Solutions in AD Care

From the Paper:

"The brain of a person with AD has shrunk substantially, especially the cerebral cortex, the amygdale and hippocampus (Yaari & Corey-Bloom, 2007). Risk factors to AD include advancing age, genetics, gender, education and head trauma. Age is the single most important risk factor. It becomes most prevalent after age 65 and doubles every 5 years between ages 65 and 95. Records show that the prevalence levels off in the very old. The risk is four times among those with a first-degree relative with AD. It increases 7.5 times if there are two or more first-degree relatives with AD. The genes responsible for AD are the presenilin-1 gene on chromosome 14, the presenilin-2 gene on chromosome 1, and the amyloid precursor protein gene on chromosome 21. Women are at a greater risk of developing AD, as they constitute roughly 2/3 of the population over 75. Some consider the lack of education or intelligence a risk factor. A person with a high-level education can better compensate for cognitive decline. Otherwise, educational attainment can produce a kind of "cognitive reserve," which somewhat delays the appearance of first symptoms. Linguistic ability may predict AD better than education. Head trauma as a risk factor has remained uncertain (Yaari & Corey-Bloom)."

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