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Alzheimers Disease Alzheimers Disease is a progressive degenerative disease that attacks the brain and results in impaired memory thinking and behavior Internet It is a degenerative disease affecting nerve cells of the frontal and temporal lobes of the cerebrum of the brain The disease is the major cause of presenile dementia ie the loss of mental faculties not associated with advanced age and is thought to be the largest single cause of senile dementia as well Britannica 306 It causes the connections between cells to become ineffective and the cells themselves to shutdown and eventually die Davies 1 Alzheimers is a progressive irreversible fatal neurologic disorder that affects an estimated 4 million American adults It is estimated by 2040approximately 14 million Americans will be diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease Approximately 9 of the population older than 55 years and 20 of those older than 85 years have Alzheimers Disease The duration of AD averages 2 to 10 years but can be up to 20 years By 1992 Alzheimers Disease was the fourth leading cause of death among adults more than 100000 American deaths per year It is projected that the number of people with Alzheimers Disease will triple in the next 50 years This epidemic of dementia is not confined to sex race social or economic class The public knows this disorder as senility although the term Alzheimers is becoming more common Rosdahl 1356 According to a quote from Hasselbring Alzheimers disease Medical Self-Care 53- 57January-February 1986 a 61-year-old woman in early stages of Alzheimers disease stated My mind goes to an empty and horrible place When I come back Im in a room full of strangers I fell so lost and afraid Many Alzheimers patients echo these sentiments The disease is frightening and disabling 1356 Alois Alzheimer a German neuropathologist originally described the disease in 1906 In the autopsy of a 55-year-old patient who had died with severe dementia Alzheimer noted the presence in the
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