Alzheimer’s Disease – Dementia

Dementia is a Neurologic/Psychiatric disease that is caused by two protein that clouds the neurons in which make them not be able to connect with each other to perform a task. Such tasks perform by synapses between neurons for example are to store memories and to re-collect memories, simple everyday chores, reading, making plans, regulating mood, and etc. Dementia is an umbrella term for variety of neurologic diseases, in which attack the motor system it causes Parkinson’s, when it attack the mood system it causes depression, or when it attack memory part of the brain it causes Alzheimer’s, and so on. Based upon research, it is predicted that in 2050 there will be more people suffer from dementia and the chance is 1 in 2 people either have dementia or care for someone who have dementia. There is no cure for dementia yet.

First, the disease attack the part of brain that stores & regulates memories – Hippocampus then it spread all over the brain. The first symptom starts with loosing the ability of speech or forgets certain words during a conversation. And then the disease attacks the front brain that regulates logical thought for solving problems or making plans or calculation and forgetting where we are or where things are. The disease then continue to attack our emotional or mood and our senses (hearing, feel, touch, taste) in which then it would spark hallucinations. After that the disease would attack the part of brain that stores precious memories, and then attack our balance and ability to coordinate movement. At the end, the disease will destroy part of brain that regulate breathing and heart. Each person diagnosed with dementia has different symptoms which make it difficult for researchers to find a cure.

It is also a personal reason for me to choose Alzheimer’s as my subject matter because my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 50 and died of because of heart disease.

Video that inspire me to raise awareness for dementia:


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