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Date: 10-23-17
Speech Title: Alzheimers, A Life Altering Disease.
Specific Purpose: Informative
 
I.             Introduction
a.            Attention getter- How many of you know what Alzheimers disease? How many of you have had experience with Alzheimers disease whether your grandmother or grandfather has suffered from it or maybe a close family friend?
b.            My Mawmaw suffers from Alzheimers disease and it is an intense battle that not only she faces daily, but so does our family.
b.            For the last five years or more I have witnessed the wonderful lady that my Mawmaw was slowly slip away due to the disease of Alzheimers.
c.             Thesis- In this speech, I hope to enlighten you on what Alzheimers disease is and how it affects the body, how the disease affects family dynamics, and discuss the possible treatments for such a life altering condition.
 
II.            Main Point Alzheimers disease
A.            What is it?
According to the National Institute on Aging, aged related changes to the brain like atrophy (shrinkage,) inflammation, production of unstable molecules called free radicals, or breakdown of energy production within brain cells can cause harm to nerve cells and contribute to the damage caused by Alzheimers disease.
B.            Genetics:
Mutated genetics passed down from an individuals parents can lead to them developing a disease like Alzheimers.
1.            Late onset:
Late onset Alzheimers is one form of the disease that occurs during an individuals mid to late sixties.
3.Early onset:
Early onset Alzheimers disease is an uncommon form that occurs within a persons life between the age of thirty to sixty. The National Institute on Aging states that this form of the disease represents less than 10 percent of all people with Alzheimers.
C.            How it affects the mind:
Through personal experience with my own Mawmaw, I have witnessed the effects that Alzheimers can have on ones mind. An individual seems to revert to childlike behavior. They begin to forget the simplest things like writing their name or cooking to driving. They begin to lose all their short-term memory.
D.            How it affects the body:
The National Institute on Aging informs us that research has been made evident that reducing the risks for medical conditions like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity could possibly reduce the risk of Alzheimers disease.
III.           Main Point Effect on Family Dynamics
Alzheimers disease not only drastically affects the individual who is suffering but also the family who is caring for the individual. Families face multiple issues that can come along with caring for an individual who has Alzheimers. These issues can range from emotional and physical distress to financial hardships.
A.            Emotional: Impressions Memory Care.Org tells us that levels of psychological distress are significantly higher in dementia caregivers than in other types of caregivers and non-caregivers.
B.            Physical: Those that provide care for people with Alzheimers disease develop various physical health problems themselves. According to Impressions Memory Care.Org, caregivers have an increased risk of medical conditions like cardiovascular problems, lowered immunity, poor sleep patterns, slower wound healing and higher levels of chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, ulcers and anemia.
C.            Financial: Caregivers deal with many financial matters that can add on additional stress. Doctor visits, medication, surgeries, or even possibly nursing home stays can become quite expensive occurrences. 
 
IV.          Main Point Treatment
Drugs for Alzheimers disease help fight against the destruction of synapses in the brain and the killing of neurons, consequentially promoting the brains communication process.
A.            FDA Drugs: There are two mechanisms that can be deployed to help the brains communication network according to the Alzheimers Association: Cholinesterase inhibitors and Memantine.
B.            Future medication: As stated by the Alzheimers Association, {t}here are several promising drugs in development and testing that could possibly treat the underlying disease, slow its progression by stopping and or slowing the cell damage that leads to the worsening of symptoms.
 
V.            Conclusion Alzheimers is a disease that can be a rapidly progressing condition that permanently alter ones way of life. It not only brings an individuals life as they know it to an end, but also alters the life of those closet to them. Alzheimers disease has no respect of person but deeply affects the lives of its victims. In the future, it is a disease that there will hopefully be better prevention to shield others from and improved treatment for those that do suffer.
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