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Alzheimers Disease does not kill instantly it destroys the individual bit by bit tearing away at their person-hood and self-identity Most victims suffer for 9 to 15 years after onset of the illness It is the most common type of dementia in the United States and Canada and after age 40 the risk of developing it doubles with aging every 51 years during adults life A form of dementia the DSM-IV-Rs Diagnostic and Statistical Manual criteria for diagnosing dementia include impairment in short- and long-term memory at least one of the following impairment in abstract thinking impaired judgement other disturbances of higher cortical functioning personality change significant interference with work social activities or relationships in addition symptoms do not occur exclusively during the course of delirium and specific etiologic organic factor is evidenced or can be presumed For an individual with this terrible disease living with memory loss and its associated disabilities are very frightening Alzheimers includes behavioral characteristics that extend beyond its cognitive explanations These behaviors require study because of the influence on both the patient and caregiver Treatment often looks to drugs for relief of symptoms and to slow the course of progressive decline rather than on assisting the individual with coping mechanisms It has been termed a family disease not only because of possible genetic relation between victims but because family members provide 80 percent or more of the care giving Chronic and progressive mental and physical deterioration decrease the victims capacity for independence and increase the need for support from family members caring for the victim at home Onset of the Disease Implications for the Individual The victim attempts to make sense of a seemingly new and hostile world and this leads to dubious and uncharacteristic changes in behavior personality decision-making function and mood Certain symptoms that are often associated with depression may be observed in patients who
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