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Still Alzheimer's Identity Analysis

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Aislinn Noone Professor Epps Still Alice Alzheimer’s Prompt 25 January 2016 Early Onset of Alzheimer’s In Still Alice, the main character has memory impairments at the age of fifty. There were a few minor symptoms that were just thought to be because of being overworked and fatigue, but in retrospect point to her disease. For example, forgetting which word to use during a presentation. The recollection was a complete blank. Because of her fairly young age, Alzheimer’s disease was not considered a possibility. Alice believed that it had something to do with her going through menopause, but then she got her menstrual period and decided to go see a neurologist. When Alice did go to the doctor to see what was going on and was diagnosed, it caught…show more content…
More than what modern science can explain presently. A person’s identity cannot simply be recreated with a combination of cells. Of course, there are psychological aspects of a person’s personality that is affected by external and biological factors, but it is much more individualistic than that. It is a set of experiences, reactions, and personal beliefs that shapes a person’s identity. To an extent, Alzheimer’s does alter a person’s identity because it rips away memories. Those memories is what helps forms a person’s identity. When those are all of sudden erased, it is going to change how that individual believes who they are. Because the disease is so deteriorating, they will eventually loose all of their memories, including how to even function on a daily basis. What they used to believe, like, and dislike is eradicated. This does not mean that they do not matter, but that they are mentally incapacitated because of this atrocious disease. This is where faith for the patient and loved ones can be helpful. That believing in something bigger than oneself that gives hope: that there is more than the physical world and physical body. Even though the mind is being torn inside and out, there is a hope for an afterlife. Faith does not require an intact memory and functioning hippocampal neurons. I would like to believe in a good and just God that understands the sinful and unhealthy world we currently live in. That being said, the some mentally ill people gain a sense of believing in something bigger than themselves. This may be because it is used as a defense mechanism to deal with the fact that it is easier to believe in a greater plan for the afterlife that would be free of pain and illness. The tricky part of Alzheimer’s is that it causes memory and overall functioning impairment. It depends heavily on a person’s epistemological view of how they believe what they
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