People refer to Alzheimer's as the "old folk's disease," but it also attacks adults in their prime and, in rare cases, strikes people in their twenties or thirties. Alzheimer's remains unknown or misunderstood by too many people, including health officials.
WHAT IS ALZHEIMER'S?
Alzheimer's develops when protein tangles and plaque deposits build in the brain, destroy cells and block their ability to communicate with other cells in the brain, and with body organs and parts. The mutated cells become toxic and cause memory deficits, erratic behavior. While these symptoms might take decades to manifest, the protein deposits and tangles are laying the groundwork to attack and destroy the brain.
The early memory and behavioral issues are slight and often overlooked by loved ones and associates, but grows in severity until a person requires 24/7 supervision.
Refer to our book, What is Alzheimer's? and the other books in our Alzheimer's series to further investigate the disease.