Alzheimer - Alzheimer's disease accounts for 50 to 70...

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Memory impairment, as well as problems with language, decision-making ability, judgment, and personality, are necessary features for the diagnosis. Alzheimer’s disease leads to nerve cell death and tissue loss throughout the brain. Over time, the brain shrinks dramatically, affecting nearly all its functions. Symptoms become severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer changes typically begin in the part of the brain that affects learning Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Mild cognitive impairment is the stage between normal forgetfulness due to aging, and the development of AD. People with MCI have mild problems with thinking and memory that do not interfere with everyday activities. They are often aware of the forgetfulness. Not everyone with MCI develops AD Other early symptoms: % Language problems, such as trouble finding the name of familiar objects Difficulty performing tasks that take some thought, but used to come easily, such as balancing a checkbook, playing complex games (such as bridge), and learning new information or routines As the AD becomes worse, symptoms are more obvious and interfere with your ability to take care of yourself. Symptoms can include: % Forgetting details about current events % Forgetting events in your own life history, losing awareness of who you are % Change in sleep patterns, often waking up at night % Difficulty reading or writing % Poor judgment and loss of ability to recognize danger % Using the wrong word, mispronouncing words, speaking in confusing sentences % Having hallucinations , arguments, striking out, and violent behavior % Having delusions, depression, agitation Difficulty doing basic tasks, such as preparing meals, choosing proper clothing, and driving Stage 1: No impairment (normal function) The person does not experience any memory problems. An interview with a medical professional does not show any evidence of symptoms. Stage 2:
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2012 for the course JOURNALISM 162 taught by Professor Shah during the Fall '11 term at University of Wisconsin.

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