Alzheimer’s disease was named after a scientist called Dr. Alois Alzheimer who discovered the disease around 1906. It usually affects people who are over 65 years old; but occasionally affects people who in their 40s and 50s, affecting both men and women. As the population ages, you will probably know more people who are getting Alzheimer’s disease. It also means more people are caring for someone with the disease.
The brain is the most complex machine in the universe – it has over 100,000,000,000 nerve cells each with up to 150,000 connections
You can retain about seven facts at any one time in short term memory, but over the long term your brain has to forget things to make room for new memories.
The gray cells occupy only 5% of our brains – 95% is taken up by the communication network that runs between the gray cells!
If every person on the planet simultaneously made 200,000 phone calls, there would be the same total number of connections as in a single human brain in a day. Source: Panorama Memory Clinic.
The human brain is only just bigger than your two fists.