Monday, 2 March 2015

What is Alzheimer's Disease?

I thought I'd just write a quick post about a short film I found last night. If you've ever wondered exactly how Alzheimer's works, this is the perfect video to start with; it explains how the disease spreads throughout the brain and how it affects a person really clearly. 

The film is by David Shenk, a writer and filmmaker. He says, "understanding Alzheimer's better will reduce stigma, improve care, and help the public fight against the disease."

Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative condition that works slowly and steadily through the brain impairing function. It acts in such a way that a person regresses in the opposite way to how they would develop in childhood - the first skills you pick up as a child are the ones you lose last in the disease. Alzheimer's affects a huge proportion of the population, and it's likely that anyone reading this will know someone affected by the disease. As Shenk says, talking about a disease such as this can only help in the fight towards a cure.

Watch the video below (and feel free to share!):



If you want to learn more, I have previously posted about Alzheimer's, which you can read here

6 comments:

  1. Alzheimer's is horrendous, such a good thing to inform people on. Can I ask why you are promoting an education in it, is it for personal reasons or work or just an interest of yours? Xx

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    1. My granddad had Alzheimer's a couple years ago and sadly passed away from it. I also study Neuroscience at university though, so I'm pretty interested in the disease! Hope you enjoyed the post xx

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  2. I'm glad you're raising awareness of this! I used to volunteer in a care home and watching residents deteriorate without a cure was heartbreaking. The science behind it all is mesmerising though.

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    1. Thank you, I think so too! Hopefully with all the research that goes on around the disease a cure will be on it's way soon. Hope you enjoyed the post x

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  3. My friend's mum has this! It is awful! It's terrible to sit back and watch it consume your loved one :(

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that :( My granddad had it too. There is a huge amount of research that goes on though and the more we talk about it, the less the stigma around the disease will be which will help towards finding better treatments. I know that one day a cure will be found :) xx

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