Alzheimer Disease Sourcebook, 5th Edition by Amy L. Sutton

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They may become disoriented about places and times, may suffer delusions (such as the idea that someone is stealing from them or that their spouse is being unfaithful), and may become short-tempered and hostile. During the late stages of the disease, patients begin to lose the ability to control motor functions. They may have difficulty swallowing and lose bowel and bladder control. They eventually lose the ability to recognize family members and to speak. As AD progresses, it begins to affect the person’s emotions and behavior.

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Gov), part of the National Institutes of Health, January 21, 2011. 35 Alzheimer Disease Sourcebook, Fifth Edition Researchers have identified several genes that influence susceptibility to AD. Mutations in three of the known genes for AD—genes that control the production of proteins such as amyloid precursor protein (APP), presenilin 1, and presenilin 2—are linked to early-onset forms of the disease. Variations in another gene, called apolipoprotein E (apoE), have been linked to an increased risk of late-onset AD.

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