There are also other genetic risk factors that have not been found yet Possibly

There are also other genetic risk factors that have

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for the elderly can be partially assessed based on the ApoE genotype. There are also other genetic risk factors that have not been found yet. Possibly, whether an individual with ApoE4/4 gets an AD at 70 or 75 years, depends on the general environment and health conditions (Murray, 2012). Old age with no clinical dementia is associated with the loss of synapses and neurons and the overall reduction in the weight of the brain. However, there is also the compensatory dendritic sprouting (Hammer & McPhee, 2014). Alzheimer is also associated with the genetics of an individual. When a person is under diagnosis, information on the family history is obtained to determine whether it is the cause of the disease (Hammer & McPhee, 2014).
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Symptoms of Alzheimer Memory Loss, impaired learning The placement of important items in odd places such as keys, wallet and dishwashers. Forget the names of the family members and even the very common objects or even substitute words with inappropriate ones. Frequent forget entire conversation Dressing regardless of the weather, for instance wear several skirts on a warm day or even shorts in a snow storm. Inability to follow the precise recipe directions Can no longer manage check books, solve problems, balance figures and at times think abstractly (Huether & McCance, 2017).
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Alzheimer Diagnosis Thorough history of the symptoms, family and including the past and present functioning. The history can help in determining and eliminate other causes of the disease and also distinguish the disease the other dementia forms (Huether & McCance, 2017). Neurological and physical exam and these include cognitive test in order to asses orientation, processing speed of information, attention span and mood (Curran & Wattis, 2012).
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