May 6, 2014

The Different Memory Systems of the Brain

The elaborate communication system in the brain controls vital body functions and enables us to think, see, move, talk, remember, and experience emotions.

Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I believe it is important for Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers to understand the different parts of the brain.

Memory Systems of the Brain | Alzheimer's Reding Room

Understanding how the brain works and understanding  how Alzheimer's affects the brain leads to a better understanding of Alzheimer's and related dementias.

This understanding allows you to better understand and cope with the behaviors that are often evidenced by persons living with dementia.

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Over time, changes in the brain make it more difficult for persons living with dementia to learn new tasks, and to retrieve information from memory.

A simple example of this occurs when a person living with dementia can no longer remember the name of new person they meet; or, of persons they see infrequently.

With Alzheimer's and dementia the damage to the brain increases and ultimately affects larger regions of the brain.

The different memory systems -- episodic, semantic, procedural, and working -- involve multiple areas of the brain.

To learn more about the different memory systems in the brain read this Alzheimer's Reading Room article.

How Alzheimer's Affects Memory

To learn more about how Alzheimer's and dementia spread throughout the brain read this article and watch the short video.

How Alzheimer's Spreads Throughout the Brain

The above article is essential for all Alzheimer's caregivers and their families. The article is also a very good share in the Alzheimer's and dementia communities.

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Learning more about how Alzheimer's affects the brain will help you to better

understand, cope, and communicate with a person living with dementia.

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