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10 Signs of Alzheimer’s

Jaclyn Hughes

Alzheimer’s disease is a truly life-changing illness, and one of the few that arguably can have an impact not just on the one directly afflicted by it, but by their entire family as well.

Alzheimer’s is a disease that normally affects older people (65+); however, doctors are unsure why this is and why it happens with some people and not to others, especially because the disease is not a normal part of aging.

The disease was first identified by Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1906 at a time when dementia was well known, but its causes not easily pinpointed. What he discover was to what would be later referred to as the two hallmarks of the disease; the first being “plaques,” which are multiple, tiny and dense protein deposits throughout the brain that in large levels become toxic, and “tangles” of the nerve cells, called neurofibrillary tangles, that interfere with vital processes, and eventually they kill off living cells. When brain cells break down and die, brain scans have shown a noticeable ‘shrinkage’ in some areas.

The result of this degeneration of the brain can be generally referred to as dementia, especially with Alzheimers being the most common form of it, but it is important to note all of the signs and symptoms surrounding this onerous disease. With Alzheimer’s not only affecting the individual who is sick, it is prudent to be well versed in all the symptoms so as not to only better care for your loved one, but so you can still manage a life of your own during this burdensome journey.

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