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Alzheimers is a disease of the brain that causes a loss in memory This results in dementia loss of brain functions thinking remembering and reasoning severe enough to interfere with everyday life When German physician Alois Alzheimer first described the disease in 1907 it was thought to be rare Today Alzheimers disease is the most common cause of dementia affecting 10 of people 65 years old and nearly 50 of those age 85 or older An estimated four million Americans have Alzheimers Alzheimers disease usually begins gradually causing a person to forget recent events and to have difficulty performing familiar tasks How quickly the disease advances differs from person to person causing confusion personality and behavior changes and impaired judgment Communication becomes difficult for Alzheimers patients They struggle to find words finish thoughts or follow directions Eventually people with Alzheimers become unable to care for themselves Scientists still dont know what causes the disease Age and family history are possible risk factors for the disease Scientists are exploring the role of genetics in the development of Alzheimers studying chromosome 19 Rarer forms of the disease which happen to people in their 30s and 40s called early-onset often run within families and appear to be related to chromosome 1 chromosome 14 and chromosome 21 Many researchers and physicians are coming to believe that Alzheimers is a complex disease probably caused by a variety of influences Alzheimers affects both the mental health and Social health It is mental in the way that Alzheimers victims can not think clearly remember and reason Patience can not deal with stress It is social health in the way that victims can not interact well with people to build satisfying relationships They can not communicate well with family members or friends Victims may forget who people are My grandfather Henry B Harris was diagnosed with Alzheimers when he was about 76 he lived to be 82 During those six years he gradually
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