New PDF release: Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

By Sonja M. Lillrank

ISBN-10: 0791090051

ISBN-13: 9780791090053

Examines the indicators, explanations, and results of Alzheimer's ailment and different dementias and demonstrates how a variety of remedies have an effect on the mind to aid deal with those disorders...Title: .Alzheimer's ailment And different Dementias..Author: .Lillrank, sonja M., M.d./ Collins, Christine Collins, Ph.d. (EDT)/ Levitt, Pat (FRW)..Publisher: .Facts on File..Publication Date: .2007/01/01..Number of Pages: .118..Binding kind: .LIBRARY..Library of Congress: .2006010414

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Patients may have loss of language skills, which shows up as problems finding words to express themselves. Patients may become disoriented and confused because of an inability to plan and organize, and they may experience a decline in the ability to perform routine tasks. SOCIAL AND OCCUPATIONAL FUNCTIONING For a diagnosis of dementia, the symptoms have to cause significant impairment on the levels of social and occupational functioning, impairment that is clearly a change to the worse from the patient’s previous level of functioning.

Finally, the patient’s problems must interfere with social and occupational functioning to qualify as dementia. MEMORY Memory problems are often the first sign of dementia. It can be difficult to tell the difference between normal age-related memory problems and those caused by dementia. Examples of normal forgetfulness would be forgetting what you were supposed to buy at the store or having problems remembering phone numbers. If other cognitive functions are intact, it is easy to compensate for this forgetfulness by writing yourself notes or using visual cues to memorize items.

He studied her brain tissue under the microscope and realized that there were significant differences between her brain and normal brains. He was the first person to describe “senile plaques” and “neurofibrillary tangles” in the brains of people with dementia. He continued to study this new disease, which is named after him. Alzheimer is also famous for describing brain changes in atherosclerosis, syphilis, and epilepsy, as well as the loss of nerve cells in Huntington’s chorea. He worked at the universities of Heidelberg and Munich.

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