A short “pocket” film by David Shenk explains how Alzheimer’s disease alters the brain. The animation calls for an understanding of the disease in order to reduce stigma and increase patience when caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that affects an estimated 1 in 10 people over the age of 65. For those individuals, their memory slowly slips away from them, their fine judgment lessens, and mood swings become all the more frequent. Their assortment of neurons and synaptic connections—shaped by time, environment, and experience—gradually deteriorate as abnormal protein fragments accumulate in the brain. The condition is chronic and, at this point, incurable.
It can be a frightening and bewildering time for patients and caregivers alike, but understanding what’s happening in the brain may offer a glimmer of insight.
As writer and director David Shenk explains: “These very-short "pocket" films are designed to be viewed anywhere at anytime: a doctor's office, a Congressional hallway, a family living room. Please take them. Put them on your own website or powerpoint presentation; play them on your phone or tablet. They are free for non-commercial use. Understanding Alzheimer's better will reduce stigma, improve care, and help the public fight against the disease.
Watch the video by David Shenk below: