Alzheimer's Movie Analysis

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Alzheimer’s is a common memory disease that affects many people in the United States. An estimate of “5.3 million people in the United states have Alzheimer’s disease.” (Latest Alzheimer 's Facts and Figures. (2013, September 17). Retrieved October 11, 2015.) Out of this number of people, “5.1 million with the disease are 65 and over.” (Latest Alzheimer 's Facts and Figures. 2013, September 17. Retrieved October 11, 2015.) In the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s an individual will experience confusion and will easily forget things. In the later stages of this disease, an individual’s memory, speech and language are greatly impacted. Through each stage an individual’s memory, ability to make decisions, performing everyday tasks, language, and …show more content…
Since the disease has no cure and cannot be slowed down, many people living with the disease suffer greatly. While watching the film, I felt heavy-hearted for the people going through the disease and their family members supporting them through the disease. Watching the individuals with the disease, suffering (not being able to remember their friends, family members, in some cases they do not know who they are and not being able to function) through the film affected me because I have family members who are also suffering with the disease. I have an aunt who lives in Virginia that suffers from Alzheimer’s. It is difficult to visit her because she does not remember who I am and she does not have the ability to care for herself. Watching her suffer through this disease causes me to have great discomfort and …show more content…
In this film, HBO producers studied the effects of this disease on an individual and their family. Each individual’s story had an impact on my view of Alzheimer’s because I had the opportunity to see how this disease drastically changed the individual’s ability to function in society. Alzheimer’s disease is also important in the field of memory because an individual’s ability to learn and repeat functions is based on memory that is encoded, stored and placed to our short-term and long-term memory. With this disease, the ability for one to function slowly disintegrates due to the memories of a specific function of ability

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