Alzheimer's Disease Overview

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					Alzheimer's
Disease
Understanding
Alzheimer's
   In 1906 Dr. Alois Alzheimer was
    first to describe Alzheimer's illness.
   Since then millions of people have
    been diagnosed with the disease.
What Is Alzhemer’s
   A progressive, degenerative illness
    that attacks the brain and results in
    impaired memory, thinking and
    behavior.
What Are the Warning
Signs?
    Memory loss that affects job skills
    Difficulty performing familiar tasks
    Problems with langiage
    Disorientation to time and place
    Poor or decreased judgment
    Problems with abstract thinking
    Misplacing things
    Changes in mood or behavior
    Changes in personality
    Loss of initiative
Does Alzheimer's
Disease Occur in
Younger Adults?
   Yes, though less frequently.
   The disaese can occur in people in
    their 30s, 40s and 50s.
   Most people diagnosed are older
    than 65.
   The form of the illness that strikes
    younger people accounts for less
    than 10 percent of all reported
    cases.
Does Alzheimer's
Illness Run in
Families?
   Evidence is not clear
   Cases where several members of
    a single family have been
    diagnosed is rare
What Causes
Alzheimer's?
   Scientists are still not certain.
   Age and family history have been
    identified as potential risk factors.
   Researchers are exploring the role
    of genetics.

				
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