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Question about Alzheimer's Disease

You are the presenter of the Alzheimer's disease (AD) support group. Design a short presentation around the questions given below that will help children understand the changes that occur in a person with AD:

What is memory? Explain short- and long-term memory. How are long- and short-term memories involved in memory impairment for someone diagnosed with AD?
How does AD affects a person's memory?
What are the main stages of AD?
What are the behavioral and memory-related changes for each stage?
Remember, this presentation is for children in the age group of six to eight years old, so you will need to explain to a group who has little knowledge of memory or the disease.

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You may need to consolidate some of this information to be more adequate for the intended audience, as I attempted to do, while still providing additional insight into the questions asked.

Memory refers to the processes that are used to acquire, store, retain and later retrieve information.

Short-term memory is the information we are currently aware of or thinking about, sometimes referred to as the conscious mind. Paying attention to sensory memories generates the information in short-term memory. Most of the information stored in active memory will be kept for approximately 20 to 30 seconds.

Long-term memory refers to the continuing storage of information, sometimes called the preconscious and unconscious. This information is largely outside of our awareness, but can be called into working memory to be used when needed. Some of this information is fairly easy to recall, while other memories are much more difficult to access.

In the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease, the patient ...

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Alzheimer`s diseases are examined. A long-term memory and short-term memories are determined.