scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 457
Alzheimers Disease Alzheimers Disease AD is a chronic degenerative disease that is characterized by the loss of cognition AD that occurs before the age of 60 is known as pre-senile dementia If AD occurs after the age of 60 it is known as senile dementia AD accounts for more than 60 of all dementias Tabers 81 AD is the process of mental wasting while motor functions remain intact Tyrer 215 Because of this mental wasting AD in late stages tends to be more difficult for the family of an AD patient rather then the patient themselves Although the cause of AD is unknown the risk factors include family history of dementia and old age There are three stages of AD progression Stage I mild dementia is characterized by loss of short term memory and decreased judgment Stage II moderate dementia includes difficulty with speech and language personality changes wandering depression paranoia and hallucinations In Stage III severe dementia the patient looses the ability to perform activities of daily living and requires 24 hour care Tabers 82 AD is diagnosed typically by eliminating other causes of dementia In later stages of AD an MRI may show a reduction in the size of the cortex Treatment 4 The major pathology of AD is the degeneration of cortical neurons The enzyme acetyltransferose is decreased in the cortex This decrease is linked with a reduction in available acetylcholine an important neurotransmitter Tyrer 215 This lack of acetylcholine is part of the cause of cognitive impairment Nuerofibrillary tangles twisted fragments of protein within nerve cells and neuritic plaques abnormal clusters of dead and dying nerve cells also occur in patients with AD Tabers 81 The prognosis for patients with AD is unfortunate Patients with AD eventually loose all ability to care for themselves Death normally occurs within 15 years usually from infection or a failure of other body symptoms Treatment 3 Although there is no cure for AD the development
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA