CULTURAL DISEASEDisease: Alzheimer'sI have opted to discuss Alzheimer’s disease which has significantly similar characteristics with another disease called dementia. Per data provided by WHO, there are around 18 million people in the world today afflicted with this disease. This trend indicates that there will be twice this number in the year 2025. Alzheimer’s, which has no known cure, is a disease which affects how a person thinks, remembers and behaves. Treatments being prescribed today do not cure the disease; instead, they are geared towards decelerating the progress of Alzheimer’s. The problem with the condition is that it is not usually detected early. It is commonly detected when it has already progressed and when it
is usually too late for any treatment to be effective. Dementia is a medical condition that is characterized by simple forgetfulness. Alzheimer’s disease, however, is beyond forgetfulness. It is complicated since it involves a person’s broad cognitive functions including behavior. Presently, it has no known cure.Alzheimer’s affect the ageing population and there is no clear explanation why this isso. The disease was named after the German pathologist, Dr. Alois Alzheimer, who diagnosed the first case of the disease. The patient was 56 years old who later died from a mental illness which boggled the minds of medical practitioners back then. A complete autopsy and dissection was conducted after the patient’s death and it was when the diseasewas first studied in complete depth. In today’s age, autopsy of the brain is still the procedure for diagnosing Alzheimer’s.