Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. The symptoms usually develop slowly worsen over time. Most people tend to mistake Alzheimer’s as a part of aging, but there have been cases (unfortunately) where the person is in the 30s.
On the left is a healthy brain, and on the right is a brain that has been affected by Alzheimer’s. What generally happens in a brain that has Alzheimer’s is shrinkage. Common areas that shrink are the frontal lobe which is where executive function lies and the hippocampus where memory and formation of new memory lies. **** I can get really detailed into this, but I think stopping here is okay unless you guys want to read more about the brain. *****
Anyways, why am I blogging about this (besides spreading awareness)?
I have worked with people who have Alzheimer’s (via research and volunteering in centers) and I used to volunteer a lot of the Alzheimer’s Association and back in Boston during college. When I moved back here to California, I wanted to continue being apart of the association. For this past year, I have been apart of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Advocacy team for California’s 19th district (Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren). I haven’t been as active as I was in college, but it’s the time of year where it’s fundraising for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s!
Donate to my team The Advocates! The donations go towards Alzheimer’s care, support, and research!
Want to find more about Alzheimer’s click here.