Alzheimer’s Disease, Causes and Outcomes

An overview of the causes, treatments, and outcomes of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States today.

This paper looks at one of the most debilitating of the illnesses that are associated with the aging process, Alzheimer’s disease, which affects memory, cognition, and behavior. It provides a comprehensive and scholarly overview of Alzheimer’s disease, its etiology and incidence, typical treatments and overall prognosis. A review of new research into Alzheimer’s causes and treatments is followed by a summary of the research in the conclusion.
The etiology of Alzheimer’s disease can be conceptualized as being a developmental reversal of a child becoming an adult. The Alzheimer’s patient moves in an opposite trajectory from the infant who acquires increasingly complex skills and capacities over time; instead, the person with Alzheimer’s loses skills and capacities as memory fails to support the array of adult activities (Martinson & Muwaswes, 1993, p. 229). According to Maurish and Moses (1997), it was assumed by researchers until fairly recent times that certain mental disorders had an organic basis, whereas others were described as functional; here, the term functional was conservatively defined as having no known organic basis.