Module 1:
Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia:
Caring for the Person


Section B

 

What You’ll Learn

Identify 2 things that with Alzheimer’s appear in much greater numbers in the brain

Recognize the name of the “filing cabinet” of the brain that stores new memories

Identify the part of the brain that
relates to our basic emotions

List 3 abilities or skills that change
because of Alzheimer’s

What are Plaques & Tangles?

Recent or Short-term
Memory Loss

Much damage in early Alzheimer’s disease

Forgetting something recent (“I didn’t get breakfast!”)

The symptom we notice first

The Brain’s Filing Cabinet

is the Hippocampus

 

Takes in new information

Compares new to old

Labels and files info

With Alzheimer’s, the hippocampus is broken

 

What Youll Learn

 

Identify 2 things that with Alzheimers appear in much greater numbers in the brain
Recognize the name of the filing cabinet of the brain that stores new memories
Identify the part of the brain that
relates to our basic emotions
List 3 abilities or skills that change
because of Alzheimer
s

 

 

Emotions & the Amygdala

Late into the disease, people with Alzheimer’s:

Feel basic emotions
(fear, anger, love)

Perceive the emotions
of others

Express emotion

Hold onto strong emotions (anger, happiness)

What did we
talk about today?
Let’s review…

What are Plaques & Tangles?

The Brain’s Filing Cabinet
is the Hippocampus

Takes in new information

Compares new to old

Labels and files info

With Alzheimer’s, hippocampus is broken

 

Emotions & the Amygdala

Late into the disease, people with Alzheimer’s:

Feel basic emotions
(fear, anger, love)

Perceive the emotions
of others

Express emotion

Hold onto strong emotions (anger, happiness)