Alzheimer's Disease by Peggy Parks

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Other minority groups, such as Hispanics, are also at heightened risk when compared with society at large. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, though, while it is true that minorities are more likely than Caucasians to develop Alzheimer’s, this can be explained by factors other than race. For example, it is widely known that cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes are all factors that can increase someone’s risk for Alzheimer’s. Because minorities suffer from these ailments far more often than Caucasians, this could explain why they are so much more likely to have the disease.

If the onset of Alzheimer’s could be delayed by five years, the projected population that is expected to suffer from the disease could be cut in half. ” —Daniel Perry and Carol Schutz, “Friends of the National Institute on Aging Testimony on FY 2008 National Institutes of Health Appropriations,” March 30, 2007. org. Perry is chair of the Alliance for Aging Research, and Schutz is cochair of the Gerontological Society of America. * Editor’s Note: While the definition of a primary source can be narrowly or broadly defined, for the purposes of Compact Research, a primary source consists of: 1) results of original research presented by an organization or researcher; 2) eyewitness accounts of events, personal experience, or work experience; 3) first-person editorials offering pundits’ opinions; 4) government officials presenting political plans and/or policies; 5) representatives of organizations presenting testimony or policy.

After telling his physician of his concerns, DeBaggio was referred for blood work and testing. When a neuropsychological evaluation diagnosed early-onset Alzheimer’s and deemed his condition to be 52 Who Suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease? “severely impaired,” he was devastated, as he explains: “At first I viewed the diagnosis as a death sentence. Tears welled up in my eyes uncontrollably; spasms of depression grabbed me by the throat. ” Then, a few days later, DeBaggio vowed to turn the horrible news into something positive by writing a book about it.

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