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  • Understanding Alzheimer’s Impact on ​Memory & Behavior
    Presenter:  Vicki Schmall, Emerita Professor of Gerontology, Oregon State University

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Learning Objectives

  • Increase your knowledge about what Alzheimer’s is, what it does to the brain, and the characteristic stages.
  • Advance your understanding of changes in memory and behaviors of someone with Alzheimer’s.

Main points

  • Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s disease involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, language, reasoning, and social behavior.
  • Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss and leading to loss of the ability to continue a conversation (or say “to converse”), respond appropriately, and conduct the simplest tasks.
  • In Alzheimer’s disease, the death of brain cells causes changes in an individual’s personality and behavior.

Vicki Schmall, Ph.D.
Gerontology Specialist Emeritus
Oregon State University Extension
Executive Director, Aging Concerns