What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a slow-progressing disease that attacks areas of the brain, irrevocably altering the patient’s cognitive abilities. It starts with forgetfulness, but as it progresses, changes the brain’s ability to make logical decisions, regulate emotions, and even recall long-cherished memories.

This video by David Shenk, writer, director, and author of The Forgetting, explains the origins of Alzheimer’s as we currently understand it, and the slow but relentless march as it deteriorates the human mind.


Helping people to understand Alzheimer’s is the first step to helping both patients and caregivers better cope with their situations and reduce the disease’s stigma. Share and help spread understanding!

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