Shipley Alzheimers.docx - RUNNING HEAD ALZHEIMER\u2019S Alzheimer\u2019s Disease Kristin Shipley Professor Kamphaus PSYC 2023 30 September 2019 Shipley 1

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RUNNING HEAD: ALZHEIMER’S Shipley 1 Alzheimer’s Disease Kristin Shipley Professor Kamphaus PSYC 2023 30 September 2019
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ALZHEIMER’S Shipley 2 Alzheimer’s Disease is a memory condition that currently affects around 5.8 million men and women in the United States, and that number is rising steadily (Alzheimer’s Association). It is described as a disease in which individuals suffer from memory loss and loss of many cognitive processes over time. Most Alzheimer’s victims are in late adulthood, but Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease can occur as early as age 40 (Shriver). Around one third of American senior citizens has Alzheimer’s or another memory disorder when they die (Alzheimer’s Association). Alzheimer’s Disease is a widespread epidemic in the United States and it has many different causes and symptoms. There are many different factors that increase the risk of, or cause, Alzheimer’s Disease. One theorized risk factor is the presence of free radicals. These are unstable molecules that are created as a people age (National Institute on Aging). Genes can also play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. Children with a parent suffering from Early-Onset Alzheimer’s have a 50% chance of having the allele for the disease (Shriver). It is caused by a genetic mutation that can be passed on to offspring. According to research, many factors other than genetics can cause Alzheimer’s Disease. It is not confirmed, but scientists believe that lifestyle choices, such as exercise and diet, as well as environmental factors, such as other diseases, have a role to play in the development of the ailment.
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