Brain with Alzheimer's.

The Alzheimer's Association has an easy-to-understand slideshow about how Alzheimer's Disease affect the brain:

Here is another view of how massive cell loss changes the whole brain in advanced Alzheimer's disease. This slide shows a crosswise "slice" through the middle of the brain between the ears.

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.

Link - Thanks Kathy Dunderdale!

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Thanks for this link. My dad has a form of Altzheimers called FTD (Fronto Temporal Dementia) which starts at an early age, around 50 or even earlier. He is now 58 and has been in a nursinghome for a year now. Sometimes its difficult to explain to people what this disease is and how it affects people and this site explains it.
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