Childhood Memories And Its Effects On Our Lives

1173 Words Jan 6th, 2015 5 Pages
We each have memories, both from long ago and recent times, that we hold dear to us. Memories get us through the hard days and keep us chipper in the good ones. The past is what makes us who we are. It shapes how we act, how we treat others, and simply just what we do on a day to day basis. Memories are the little things that keep this world running smoothly. Imagine what it would be like to lose those memories. What if you were to forget things to the point you were losing your functionality? Every 67 seconds another person in the US falls victim to this disease (www.alz.org). They may remember childhood memories, but forgot where they put the cheese they bought yesterday. As the disease gets worse and worse, they may wander and even forget people they care deeply about and those they interact with daily. Who are these people, and what is the “it” they are suffering from? These are people suffering from Alzheimers Disease, affecting 5 million individuals in the United States alone. Alzheimers Disease is a type of dementia, a more general term meaning a decline in someone’s mental ability, to the point of affecting their everyday life. Alzheimers is actually the most common form, afflicting about 80% of dementia patients. There are treatments and medications available to help patients with symptoms and slow its progress through the brain, but science has not yet found a way to completely stop it, or even slow it significantly for many patients. As patients continue…

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