Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Autism as a Potential Buffer Against Alzheimer's Disease: A Systematic Literature Review
by Salgado, Guadalupe, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 64; 10786138
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Claver, Maria
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
Publication Number: 10786138
ISBN: 978-0-438-19643-8
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