Making Change

by Olaberge on March 17, 2014 - 11:51am

In 1907, Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist, was presenting is studies on a 51 years old women who was suffering from presenile dementia which is now known as Alzheimer’s disease. His paper was a great advance in the research of this disease and that’s why they changed the name of the disease to his name. His paper also allowed to make this situation a disease instead of a standard situation related to ageing. Mr. Alzheimer has also made significant contribution to other diseases like “general paralysis of the insane, cerebral atherosclerosis, damaged cause by alcoholism and acute syphilitic infections of the brain” (Small and Cappai, 708), but he is mostly remembered for his work on the Alzheimer’s disease.

His research on this disease has had a huge impact all over the world mostly for the diagnosis of the Alzheimer’s disease. However, there is something pretty disturbing that is happening right now since the number of person diagnosed with this disease keeps increasing over the years. It has been projected that in 2025, in some states of the U.S. there will be an increase of 81.1% to 127% in the number of person diagnosed with Alzheimer. Also, in the U.S. between the years 2000 and 2010, there was an increase of 68% of death from Alzheimer.(Alzheimer’s Association) It isn’t clear if those increase are due to an amelioration in the diagnosis of this disease or to today’s lifestyle. In our days, this disease is still not curable, but we have prevention programs and we can slow down the effects of the disease. Also there are many research that our looking for a cure for this horrible disease.

This person’s work can easily be related to my previous post on former NFL players who are suing the NFL for their lack of intervention regarding the head injury issue in their league. Most of these former players suffer of will suffer severe consequences because of their career in the NFL. A study made by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has revealed that NFL players are more at risk of suffering Alzheimer’s disease. They are also 4 times more at risk of dying from it.

Personally, I can relate easily to Mr. Alzheimer’s study since my grandfather and five of his brothers and sisters suffer or have suffered of Alzheimer so this is something I’m pretty familiar with and also it’s something that concerns me for my future. (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/pgms/worknotify/pdfs/NFL_Notification_02.pdf)

 

References:

·         Small, David H., Cappai, Roberto. “Alois Alzheimer and Alzheimer's disease: a centennial perspective.” Journal of Neurochemistry 99.3 (November 2006): 708-710. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 March 2014. (http://web.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=3&sid=989c2167-762a-4dde-8ae1-5e4d108bcad4%40sessionmgr4002&hid=4212)

·         Alzheimer’s Association. 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Chicago, IL: National Office, Web. 17 March 2014. (http://www.alz.org/downloads/facts_figures_2013.pdf)

·         http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/pgms/worknotify/pdfs/NFL_Notification_02.pdf

Comments

Alzheimer’s disease is a serious epidemic that is negatively impacting families all over the world. I find your article particularly compelling because I prepared a paper for another class regarding the consequences of concussions from playing football, and significant memory loss in the form of Alzheimer’s disease was a main concern for many medical professionals. With all of the potential threats to our health in today’s society, we should feel obliged to protect ourselves and our loved ones from diseases and illnesses that are preventable, such as lung cancer from smoking and brain ailments due to sporting injuries. Certainly Alzheimer’s is not caused from head injuries alone, as can be concluded from a great deal of research by Alois Alzheimer and many other professionals and I am not suggesting that people avoid physical activity; I am simply expressing hope that society can better learn to safeguard against threats that can be avoided because there are so many that are we have no control over. With scientific advancements, I can only hope that those with Alzheimer’s disease and their families can benefit from a cure someday in the near future. I commend people like Alois Alzheimer for his lifelong dedication to the cause.

The statistics in this article are very startling. It is hard to believe that in this modern technological society, diseases such as Alzheimer’s are still running rapid and affecting many individuals. Although the disease, presently, is incurable, I am very glad that the medical community has taken steps to try and create programs that will increase the course of the disease and hopefully provide better coping strategies for not only the patient, who I am sure is confused and scared about what is happening to them, but for their families who are helping them during this detrimental process. This article has importance to me because my grandfather passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in 2000. The year 2000 does not sound like it was that far ago, but it was 14 years ago and medical technology was not like it was today. There were not many programs and even medical treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. I cannot help but wonder if there were programs available to my grandfather during his battle with Alzheimer’s, that perhaps he would not have passed away so quickly or his quality of life would have been a whole lot better.

This is an interesting article. I find this topic especially interesting because I have someone in my family who has dementia. She just started taking a pill that is supposed to help prevent it from getting worse, but like you mentioned in the article it doesn't cure it or get rid of the damage that has already occurred. With the world population living longer and with the percentage of Americans above 65 growing, I can see how this will be relevant in my life. Along with heart disease and cancer this is one of the biggest threats people will face as they keep living longer. However I do wonder if this is because of our lifestyles today, or if it is just because it is something that can happen the older you happen to be. Maybe we are noticing it more today because there are so many more old people than at other points in history. However, it is important, like you said in the beginning of the article, that this doesn't become something that is considered normal for the elderly and doesn't contribute to negative stereotypes of elderly people.

This post drew me in because of the title “Making Change” and as a future sociologist that is my goal for almost anything that I do I want to make changes and change people’s lives for the better. Alzheimer’s disease is more serious than people would think that it is. It negatively impacts families, friends and communities all around the world. We as a society (people) should feel like we need to protect ourselves and the ones we love as much as possible from things that can be prevented. I feel like people aren’t making the efforts and/or strides that they are capable of either because of negligence or just pure laziness. People need to learn to protect themselves because you won’t always have other people there to protect you there are so many things that can be avoided just by self-awareness and protection. With all of the new advancements in medicine and technology I think it is only a matter of time before they find a cure for this horrible disease: we can only hope anyway. This was a fantastic post, opened my eyes to more than what I knew before. I would like to see this taken a little further by discussing how finding a cure might impact those who are trying to find it (health wise)?

Your post really drew me in because Alzheimer is a very serious disease, and I pray that the only reason why the amount of cases is increasing is because doctors have the ability to diagnose it easier and earlier. I worked at an assisted living home for a year, and even though one half was full of functional elderly men and women, the other half was the Memory Care ward. This section held the cognitively impaired men and women, who have dementia, Alzheimer, etc..., to allow for better support and for them to have more help living a fulfilling life. I worked in the Memory Care wing a lot and I've seen firsthand the horrors of this disease. I have seen completely functional elderly men and women, suddenly show signs of this disease overnight. I understand that there is no cure for Alzheimer, but I feel as if doctors and scientists should spend some time studying and learning more about why the cases of Alzheimer have been increasing. If it could be from our lifestyle, then something needs to change. This disease changes the lives of not only the victim, but the family and friends as well. Once we can figure out why the cases have been increasing, we can then work on either decreasing the amount of cases by changing the cause, perfecting the prevention programs, or working on a cure for this disease. Either or, this disease needs to become a thing of the past, and only doctors and scientists can make that happen.

I also have grandparents that had Alzheimer’s disease. And right now they believe that my mother might be in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Alzheimer’s research was excellent beyond all belief. I just wonder are we ever going to be able to find a cure. This because as modern technology keeps advancing, we are putting more and more items and or drugs of different choices into our bodies, and allowing major surgeries. So with all of these different things changing in our bodies how are we able to monitor them properly to be able to find a cure. It kind of goes along with what you were saying about the football players. It is just ironic that it is football players in this era that has stricter rules and the most advanced protection, are the players that are suing and more worried about their health especially with the amount of money they make these days. Look back at when football it had originally started when they had slim and none rules with slim and none protection, and the pay was minimal as well. Yet they did not connect the two for the longest of time, even as medical technology advanced. So I can only hope that we as a people can be able to detect and find early signs for this disease, to better learn what causes the disease and be able to prevent the disease to begin with.

What first attracted me to read this blog is the fact that all of the lettering of it is in bold. I’m not sure how you were able to do that but it was pretty cool and was just about the whole reason I clicked on your blog! Anyways, I think this post was really well executed as it covered every aspect of the topic as well as introducing fascinating counter-examples. For instance, I was particularly intrigued by your paragraph about the NFL players and how their careers are leaving them with increased chances of getting diseases like Alzheimer’s down the road. I thought that that passage gave your post a lot of substance.
The topic itself is a tough one to think about. All our lives we put so much emphasis on our body’s physical fitness and such as we seem to take for granted that state of our mental health. Alzheimer’s disease affects these poor victim’s heads and it is truly debilitating for them as well as their loved ones. In my personal experiences, my Grandmother is currently experiencing the symptoms of early-onset dementia, which typically is a prelude to Alzheimer’s. It’s awful to see her slowly losing her way and I fear a day she begins to forget my name.

This was a good article, Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that affects a lot of people and as the article stated seems to be increasing its victims as the years go on. Alois Alzheimer contributed to the research in this disease and now we have a better understanding of what it is. There is no cure but hopefully there will be one day. I think this article could have used a little bit more about the disease and how it can affect the body and what happens and how you can get it. After reading this article and seeing how much the numbers have increased over the years I would like to find out why this is and if there is a way to stop it or slow it down.
This post really drew me in because I have had a family member suffer from this horrible disease. My great grandmother recently passed away from Alzheimer’s so I know the effects it can have on people. It is a very sad disease because someone who was so close to you acts differently and sometimes doesn’t even remember you or the memories you had together. It is an awful disease and hopefully with the research they are doing on it they will find a cure for it.

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