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How Memory Is Affected in Alzheimer’s

This interesting Health Alert from John Hopkins discusses the different memory systems — episodic, semantic, procedural, and working — of the brain and how they are affected by Alzheimer’s disease…
and memory.
Normal aging leads to changes in the brain, especially in areas involved in learning and memory. Some neurons shrink; others are disabled by damaging molecules called free radicals. Daily “insults,” such as high blood pressure or elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, also take their toll.
Over time, these changes can make it more difficult for an older person to learn new tasks or to retrieve information from memory, such as someone’s name. With Alzheimer’s disease, the damage is more severe and ultimately affects larger regions of the brain.

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Posted by on December 18, 2011 in alzheimer's

 

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Alzheimer’s Disease Care Requires Detective Work

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Alzheimer’s disease is fraught with mysteries just waiting to be solved. As caregivers, one of the most troublesome mysteries comes in the form of difficult behavior. In order to minimize behavior problems and avoid additional medication that can have detrimental side effects, it helps to take a detective approach…

Original content P.K. Beville, the Alzheimer’s Reading Room

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Posted by on February 1, 2011 in alzheimer's

 

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Art Therapy and the Life of an Alzheimer’s Patient

Lester Potts had never painted a picture prior to his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. In the words of his son, “a miracle occurred”…

When Lester Potts began succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease at age 70, the changes in his demeanor hit his family “like a cyclone,” his son Daniel recalls. In some ways the situation was especially hard on the younger Potts because he is a neurologist, and he blamed himself for not spotting the disease sooner:

“I thought myself a poor excuse for a dementia doctor and inadequate as a son.”

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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in alzheimer's

 

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