Pathology of Alzheimers

Extended Independent Academic Project
Understanding the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s; analysing the signs and symptoms whilst looking at means for a diagnosis and exploring biological and psychological treatments

Michael Collins

Andover College

Monday June 6th 2016

Table of contents
  What is Alzheimer’s (Signs and symptoms)
  Stages of Alzheimer’s
  Diagnosing Alzheimer’s
  Pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s
  Treatments for Alzheimer’s
  Stem Cell therapy and Alzheimer’s
  Self-evaluation: strengths and weaknesses


Alzheimer’s disease is a serious debilitating neurological disease which to some is still vastly unknown. The purpose of this essay is to look at what Alzheimer’s disease is, this will be achieved by conducting vast research surrounding the disease based upon studies conducted since Alzheimer’s was first described and diagnosed.                     Within this essay, there will be an exploration of how the disease progresses through the various stages which will include an explanation of the dreadful symptoms that manifest as the disease slowly destroys vital areas of the brain, looking at the challenges faced by those who are living with the incapacitating disorder.                             Diagnosing Alzheimer’s is a difficult and gruelling endeavour so it is the intention of this project to look step by step into the process that is undergone by various health professionals, which is necessary for the successful diagnosis for people who may or may not be suffering from Alzheimer’s. Various tests that can be conducted in order to establish the presence of the disease will be present within this essay along with an evaluation of the effectiveness of these tests.                                     The research will be conducted in order to determine the pathogenesis of...