Forgotten Memories

By Kyle Calvaruso 3rd Period Psych

Alzheimers

I chose this topic because my grandmother had Alzheimers and it was a very hard issue to deal with for the entire family. This topic interests me because I find neurological disorders very intriguing but also that I feel I should learn more about the disease that plagued and killed my grandmother. The research might help me understand how or why it happens as well as how to deal with it especially because I have an increased risk of getting it. It could help others by me being knowledgeable about the topic and help others get through the troubling times.

Explanation

Alzheimers disease is a neurodegenerative disease that affects and impairs the memory. It causes memory loss (short and long term), disorientation, mood swings, and loss of motivation. There is no cure for it as well as the treatments aren't 100% effective and only sometimes improve the livelihood of the affected person, meaning there isn't much you can do to combat it.

The Brain

Alzheimers kills nerve cells and tissues all throughout the brain causing the brain to shrink and be "strangled by the disease". Alzheimers affects all the areas of the brain and causes decreased ability to operate at your average rate. Alzheimers causes the cortex to shrink which damages the ability to remember, think, and plan. It also slowly kills the hippocampus which affects the ability to form new memories. There is a theory that reduced synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine is the cause for Alzheimers.

Research

No breakthroughs have been made in treating or curing Alzheimers but there are some studies being conducted currently about if certain medications, lifestyle changes like eating healthy, and vitamins can help prevent the disease.

Other Interesting stuff

People who eat healthy food have a decreased chance of getting Alzheimers. Saturated fats and simple carbohydrates can increase the risk of a person getting Alzheimers.