The Disease You Want to Forget

A study on Alzheimer's disease by Eric Heim

Why did I choose this?

Out of all the choices, one of the least joyous is Alzheimer's. So, why would I choose such a dismal topic? In my opinion, it is good to be knowledgeable about an array of topics. Many people are passionate about finding a cure to this terrible disease and I barely know what it does to people. Most of my knowledge, unfortunately, only comes from movies and entertainment. My hope is that my research will give me new understanding. This new understanding will also help me inform others of the effects of this mental illness.

What is it?

Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia. It is actually the most common form. Dementia is severe memory loss. The disease is not a part of aging, but it definitely gets worse over time. The memory loss can become so great, it will interfere with daily tasks needed for survival. Currently, there is no cure for this disease. There are, however, research centers and treatments available to prevent it and learn more about it.

What does it do?

Alzheimer's has three stages: an early stage, a middle stage, and a late stage.
*Early stage- They start to have issues. One could forget simple things like names or words. However, for the most part, they are still able to take care of themselves (drive, eat, etc.).
*Middle stage- The longest stage. The person will require greater care because in their frustration, they might refuse to bathe or eat.
*Late stage- They lose the ability to respond to the environment. Some lose control of movement as well. Personality changes and issues communicating occur.

Who has studied it?

German physician, Alois Alzheimer first discovered the symptoms of the disease in one of his patients. A psychiatrist who worked with Alzheimer, Emil Kraepelin, named the disease after his. Researchers were able to look into it more with the invention of the electron microscope. Today, The Alzheimer's Association (founded in 1980) is the front runner in research and awareness of the disease.

Additional information and link

Below, I have added additional videos and a link to know more about this disease and its affects. The first video shows a family who is struggling with it. This shows how Alzheimer's affects families. The following link is a TED Talk about the biological details of the disease and what happens in the brain.
No Thanks, We're Fine: Supporting Families Living With Dementia

Works cited

"Alzheimer's & Brain Research Milestones | Research Center | Alzheimer's Association." Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association, n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2015. <>.

"Alzheimer's - Google Search." Alzheimer's - Google Search. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2015. <>.

"Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia | Alzheimer's Association." Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia | Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association, n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2015. <>.

Jun, Ivan Seah Yu. "What Is Alzheimer's Disease?" TED-Ed. TED-Ed, 2 Apr. 2014. Web. 29 Sept. 2015. <>.

Kharas, Firdaus. "No Thanks, We're Fine: Supporting Families Living With Dementia." YouTube. YouTube, 13 Sept. 2011. Web. 29 Sept. 2015. <>.

"The Notebook." IMDb., n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2015. <>.

"Stages of Alzheimer's & Symptoms | Alzheimer's Association." Stages of Alzheimer's & Symptoms | Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association, n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2015. <>.