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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"The Early Stage" - progress of my abstract painting

There are seven stages an Alzheimer's patient goes through.  I'm going to complete three abstract paintings representing theses seven stages.  They will be titled "The Early Stage", "The Middle Stage", and the "Late Stage".   This first painting will represent the Early Stage.  This painting will represent the first three stages out of the seven a patient goes through:

Stage 1: No impairment (normal function)
The person does not experience any memory problems. An interview with a medical professional does not show any evidence of symptoms of dementia.

Stage 2: Very mild cognitive decline (may be normal age-related changes or earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease)  The person may feel as if he or she is having memory lapses — forgetting familiar words or the location of everyday objects. But no symptoms of dementia can be detected during a medical examination or by friends, family or co-workers.

Stage 3: Mild cognitive decline (early-stage Alzheimer's can be diagnosed in some, but not all, individuals with these symptoms).  Friends, family or co-workers begin to notice difficulties. During a detailed medical interview, doctors may be able to detect problems in memory or concentration. Common stage 3 difficulties include:

•Noticeable problems coming up with the right word or name
•Trouble remembering names when introduced to new people
•Having noticeably greater difficulty performing tasks in social or work settings. 
•Forgetting material that onehas just read
•Losing or misplacing a valuable object
•Increasing trouble with planning or organizing

Neurons are the chief type of cell destroyed by Alzheimer's disease.  Alzheimer's disease disrupts both the way electrical charges travel within cells and the activity of neurotransmitters.

As I paint these three paintings I'll try to explain my thought process.  With the help of the everyday cycle of nature and my photography my abstract paintings will hopefully bring more awareness to this disease.

Any questions or comment please email me or comment below.

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