Alzheimer's Disease

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Memory is the ability to store, retain, and recall information and experiences. Our memories allow us to reflect upon our daily activities, learn from past experiences, and relate information to outside sources. But what if you are unable to acquire new memories?
Alzheimer's disease is a fatal disease of the brain which develops slowly over time. An Alzheimer's brain contains many plaques and neurofibrillary tangles which ultimately results in the death of the cells in the Hippocampus where memories are first formed. This disease makes it difficult to form new memories. An individual with Alzheimer's will be unable to recall recent memories but have the ability to remember old recollections. Alzheimer's disease is said to affect about 5.1 million Americans and is the number one cause of Dementia.
Why does Alzheimer's disease occur? The cause of Alzheimer's has not yet been revealed but I believe the plaques and tangles created in the brain of those with the disease are there for a reason. Alzheimer's disease must serve some purpose and I am very interested in finding out what that purpose is. Alzheimer's is a slow and persistent disease which ultimately results in the patient's death. As of now, Alzheimer's is a devastating, incurable disease but hopefully someday, things will change.
Here is the link to a video that will give you a better understanding of the Alzheimer's disease.

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