In recent years, the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder has increased. Autism is a cognitive impairment that affects the way people socialize and behave. Currently, treatments and services exist mostly for children, even though it is a lifelong disorder and those with it are living longer. Like autism, Alzheimer’s affects a person’s cognitive abilities, although its onset occurs much later in life. With the increased average lifespan due to technological advances, the number of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is expected to grow exponentially. There are many parallels between the two conditions, and research suggests that Autism may act as a buffer against Alzheimer’s disease. This systematic literature review aims to better describe the link between autism and Alzheimer’s disease, which could further an understanding of each condition individually.
|Commitee:||Goeller, Casey, Satterfield, Debra|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Disability studies, Behavioral psychology, Aging|
|Keywords:||Aging, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's disease, Autism, Defense, Prevent|
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