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Making Sense of Alzheimer’s … A Student’s Perspective

By Allie Dayno

College student Allie Dayno spent one summer trying to untangle the complexity that surrounds our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. As an intern with Making Sense of Alzheimer’s, she dug into the questions that confuse many of us:  What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? Is Alzheimer’s disease a cause or type of dementia? Is dementia a normal part of aging?

You can follow her journey toward understanding in the video above.


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  1. Margaux Richman says:

    Allie took a really complicated question and broke down the answers into simpler ideas that resonate with different parts of her journey to make sense of Alzheimer’s. This video is really informative and helps clarify some of the many aspects that many people simply don’t understand. Good job!

  2. Aditi Shroff says:

    Allie does a great job of answering the question of what Alzheimer’s is, and clarifying how it is different from dementia. I think that the confusion between the two is a common misconception, so this video will definitely help more people understand “the stories” of the different diseases. Definitely check it out if you’re interested!

  3. Elizabeth Joseph says:

    Thank you Allie for elucidating a very complex and often misunderstood illness. My grandfather was recently diagnosed with “dementia” and I admit that I immediately equated this with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. I knew very little about the many different, lesser known causes of the dementia syndrome. This video helped me understand the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s while explaining the interaction between the two in simple, clear terms. I’m glad to hear that these terms are continuously evolving as scientific progress is made. A very informative video for anyone confused about the distinctions and connections between the various causes, symptoms, and types of dementia.

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