What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

What is Alzheimer’s Disease and Who First Discovered the Disease?

Many people ask what is Alzheimer’s disease? And it’s no wonder they ask the question. Alzheimer’s is estimated to affect over 750,000 individuals in the UK. It is also estimated that there are over 5 million people in the USA with the condition. The figure is set to increase drastically over the next 20 years throughout the world.

It is said that in our lifetime, nearly all of us will have a relative who is affected with some form of dementia .

So what is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s is a medical disease of the brain that gets progressively worse with time. It affects the brain and how it functions. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia in people over the age of 65 years old. It is believed that Alzheimer’s develops long before the symptoms of dementia become apparent in the sufferer.

Is Alzheimer’s disease incurable?

Throughout the world there is a great effort in trying to find a cure for the disease. As yet there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Although medical researcher’s are closing in on some of the factors they believe can lead to an increased risk of the disease as we grow older.

Studies are showing that one of the reasons could be our diet and lifestyles that we lead.
If a person develops Alzheimer’s disease they will worsen over a period of time as the disease progresses. The symptoms of the disease vary from person to person and at different rates of deterioration in sensors. The disease will eventually lead to the person needing care and support and unfortunately death as a result of the disease.

Who first discovered Alzheimer’s Disease?

What is Alzheimer's disease? Alois Alzheimer first discovered Alzheimer's disease in 1907Alzheimer’s disease was first discovered in 1907 by German Psychiatrist Dr. Alois Alzheimer.

He noticed that a female patient of his slowly lost her memory and the ability to think and talk and that she developed judgment problems.

After she died, Doctor Alois Alzheimer looked at her brain through a microscope and noticed that her brain had abnormal growths, which he named plaques and tangles.

These changes occur in the brain of everyone who develops Alzheimer’s disease.

You can find more information on the discovery of Alzheimer’s disease by Doctor Alois Alzheimer and more of the discoveries of  Dr. Alois Alzheimer on Wikipedia here

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  • Leonard Hills

    Hi there, just wanted to say, I liked this post.
    It was helpful insigt into Alzheimers disease and I am learing more about this horrible disease. Did not thnk it was this bad for the mind and my grandpa suffered for years with it. I was only young and was unaware of his disease, just thought he was forgetful
    Keep on posting!

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