Alzheimer’s disease Student's Name Affiliate Institution Course Unit Date Due Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by progressive loss of cognitive function. The condition has a higher prevalence among the elderly from age 65 or more (Carlson 2016). The disease is associated with a loss of memory decline in thinking capacity language and learning capacity. Alzheimer's disease is different from the normal aging which is gradual and also associated with a loss of cognitive ability. This essay describes the symptoms and diagnosis of Alzheimer disease treatment and neurobiological basis for the disease. Symptoms The disease causes depletion of acetylcholine hence cells in the brain are unable to communicate. Donepezil and rivastigmine are examples of these drugs. On the other hand memantine drugs also work on brain cell communication. They also slow progression of symptoms. This drug is used together with a cholinesterase inhibitor. Reference Carlson N. R. (2016). Physiology of behavior. Pearson Higher Ed. De la Torre J. C. (2010). Basics of Alzheimer's disease prevention. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Grigorenko A. P. & Rogaev E. I. (2007). Molecular basis of Alzheimer's disease. Molekuliarnaia biologiia 41(2) 331-345. [...]
Week 6 Discussion Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapters 15 and 17 in the course text, as well as the article titled “Ethical Considerations in Geriatric Neuropsychology,” and view Dr. Chung’s Ted Talk, Autism - what we know (and what we don't know yet).. Pick a disorder of brain development (e.g., onset during childhood) or aging (e.g., dementia due to a neurodegenerative disorder). Explain the symptoms, how the diagnosis is made (e.g., findings on brain imaging, laboratory testing, etc.), the neurobiological basis for the disorder (e.g., CNS structures involved and neurotransmitters), and current treatment options (including mechanism of action for any drug therapies). You must use a minimum of two peer-reviewed articles in your discussion to support your statements.