These images show:In the Alzheimer brain:
- The cortex shrivels up, damaging areas involved in thinking, planning and remembering.
- Shrinkage is especially severe in the hippocampus, an area of the cortex that plays a key role in formation of new memories.
- Ventricles (fluid-filled spaces within the brain) grow larger.
- Plaques, abnormal clusters of protein fragments, build up between nerve cells.
- Dead and dying nerve cells contain tangles, which are made up of twisted strands of another protein.
As Alzheimer’s progresses, individuals may experience changes in personality and behavior and have trouble recognizing friends and family members.Alzheimer's is not simply memory loss. Alzheimer's is not normal aging. Alzheimer's is fatal, progressive and there is no cure.
It is time to make the fight against Alzheimer