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Alzheimer's Disease

  • By: Anne M. Stone
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative disease of the brain characterized by a decline in cognitive function that occurs over time until a person becomes incapable of remembering family and friends, as well as how to complete the tasks of daily living. Although the causes of Alzheimer's disease are not well documented, research suggests that this type of dementia is associated with neurological tangles and amyloid plaque buildups in the brain. Alzheimer's disease begins mildly, with diagnosis of the disease based solely on symptoms exhibited. Medical professionals may diagnosis a person with possible Alzheimer's disease based on a physical exam, review of the patient's medical history, and the results of a mental status exam. Health care providers also typically try to rule out other causes of ...

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