By Daniel Kuhn
This version contains the most recent info on Alzheimer’s threat elements, remedies, and prevention, in addition to a brand new bankruptcy, Voices of Experience,” composed of reflections through relations. It additionally offers information regarding new medicines licensed considering the fact that 1999 and the federal government’s determination to hide counseling and different health-related prone via Medicare.
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Qxd 2/17/2003 3:44 PM Page 17 The Need for an Accurate Diagnosis 17 Finally, in the 1960s scientists discovered a link between this unusual disease affecting a tiny number of middle-aged people and the common condition of “senility” observed among elderly people. Both age groups not only shared similar symptoms during their lifetime, they also exhibited the same pathologic abnormalities or lesions in the brain. It was at this time that AD gradually became a subject of intense scientific inquiry.
It might also help to prompt early intervention, when the benefits of treatment are likely to be greatest. Such a test may be on the horizon and will receive much public attention should it become available. qxd 2/17/2003 3:44 PM Page 19 The Need for an Accurate Diagnosis 19 symptoms of AD manifest in such a classic pattern that even without a single test, it is possible for an experienced physician to make an accurate diagnosis in the vast majority of cases and to differentiate it from less common forms of dementia.
5 AD is now estimated to affect nearly five million Americans, the vast majority of whom are over sixty-five years old. 6 The so-called “age wave” is forcing scientific investigations into all aspects of aging. After decades of scientific neglect, the “little-known disease process” named for Dr. Alzheimer is finally getting the attention it rightly deserves. Yet in spite of major advances in understanding AD over the past two decades, relatively little is known about its underlying causes, and as a result, it has been difficult to develop effective treatments.