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This paper is about Alzheimers disease a progressive brain disorder that causes a gradual and irreversible decline in memory language skills perception of time and space and eventually the ability to care for oneself Kalat These symptoms are affected because this disease involves the parts of the brain that control thought memory and language Kalat German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer first described Alzheimers disease in 1906 Alzheimers disease was initially thought to be a rare condition affecting only young people and was referred to as presenile dementia the Alzheimers Disease Fact Sheet Today late-onset Alzheimers disease is recognized as the most common cause of the loss of mental function in those aged 65 and over Alzheimers in people in their 30s 40s and 50s called early-onset Alzheimers disease occurs much less frequently The causes of Alzheimers disease remain a mystery but researchers have found that particular groups of people have risk factors that make them more likely to develop the disease than the general population Diagnosis of Alzheimers disease is not that certain either the only way to be sure that a person has Alzheimers disease is to look at their brain tissue once the person is dead Alzheimers Disease Fact Sheet There is no known cure for Alzheimers disease and treatment focuses on lessening symptoms and attempting to slow the course of the disease Brink Alzheimers disease is a very frustrating and cruel disease with no cure those who have it suffer and those who dont wish they could help The onset of Alzheimers disease is generally very gradual In the early stages Alzheimers patients have relatively mild problems learning new information and remembering to perform routine mechanical tasks such as locking the front door or turning off the radio In time they begin to have trouble recollecting recent events and finding the right words to express themselves Kalat As an example of having trouble to recollect recent events Kalat talks about how Daniel Schacter
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