The purpose of this speech is to explain what Alzheimer’s disease is, exploring its causes and the measures available to manage it. For many years now, the human race has been threatened by many incurable diseases among them being the Alzheimer’s disease whose cure up to now remains unknown. Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia that can occur at any age in life, but it is commonly observed in adults above 65 years of age. By the end of my speech, it will be clear what causes the Alzheimer‘s disease and how one can manage it if they get infected or affected. First, Let us look at some of the symptoms of the disease.
The main symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is the loss of memory. A person suffering from the disease will find it difficult to remember the most recent activities, and as the condition persists, the infected person finds it hard to remember the people he or she used to know. As a result the victims experiences vagueness in their daily speeches making them to take longer time on routine chores. But, what causes this?
The cause of Alzheimer's disease is not fully understood, but Scientists believe that the disease nurtures from a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors (Mayo, 2013). What is certain though is that is that over time the effects of the disease will be shown on the brain of the victim. The disease impacts on the plaques as well as the tangles causing damage on the brain cells. This causes the shrinkage of brain cells which bars the communication between brain cells. The normal shape of protein tau that is involved in transportation of nutrients is also deformed leading to the breakdown of the system. With such a breakdown, it becomes very hard for the victim to remember even the most recent even. The question that follows next is, how do you manage it once infected?
Unfortunately, the cure for Alzheimer’s disease is still not known. However, it can be managed through the treatment of the symptoms which follows by a series of progressive research. The treatment of these symptoms slows down the growth of the diseases hence reducing the impact on the brain cells. In addition, scientists are engaging thorough research on the disease to come up with better methods of treating the disease, delaying its onset and preventing its development. There is more information available online about the disease, but for today I have just given you the basic facts of the disease.
In a nutshell, Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia that can occur at any age in life, though it is common in adults who are above the age of 65 years. Its symptoms include the loss of memory as a result of damages in the brain cells. The disease can be managed through treating the symptoms and doing in-depth research on the development of the disease on the victim. I believe with this information it is easier to understand the disease and take appropriate measures if anyone of us gets infected. If we don’t take care of bodies no one will, so let us always live a lifestyle that prevents us against such diseases.
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