What is Alzheimer's disease:
This is a disease that involves parts of the brain that control
thought, memory, and language. It damages the person's ability to
reason, remember, speak, perform simple tasks or calculations. In
most cases this causes anxiety, and paranoia that no longer allows them
to complete daily routine activities. Eventually, the person is
dependent on a full time caregiver. As of right now there is an
estimated 4.5 million people in the United States who are currently
suffering from this disease.
Ever since my grandmother died of Alzheimer's Disease five years ago I
have been interested in finding out more about this horrific
disease. I watched it destroy her memory, and watch an
independent strong woman
become weak. With today's technology researches are learning more
about this disease, and what we may be able to do to help
it. For instance, stem cell research has made a break through by
discovering when injecting stem cells into the damaged area of the
brain they can
regenerate new growth. With the moral issue behind stem cell
research any real cure has come to a stand still.
project I would like to do my best to symbiate what it may be like in
the world of someone who has Alzheimer's. This will be
difficult to do with out being able to communicate with those who have
the disease, so instead I will use my personal experience as a
guide. The installation will consist of a large room made with
and one exit. In order to exit the room the viewer will have to
go through a maze of string. In my
mind this string will represent the
damaged tangles in one's brain with Alzheimer's, as well as the
struggle one may have communicating with someone who has
the disease. The stubble
represents the struggle on both ends. The room will
with projected lights that are timed up with different
voices. These voices will be similar to a family member who is
trying to communicate, and asking questions that a family member or
friend might ask.
The lights with flash with each pause between words in order to make
getting through the maze more difficult. Once you reach the other
there will be a button to push to make the lights go back on, and a
survey to fill out to let me know the level of difficulty on getting
tangles. It will also ask how affective the installation was.
The Brain Tour explains how the brain
works and how Alzheimer's affects it.
Taking the tour: There are 16 interactive slides.
As you view each slide, roll your mouse over any colored text to
highlight special features of each image. Then, click on the arrow to
move to the next slide.
derived from www.alz.org