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Henry Molaison: The Incredible Story Of The Man With No Memory

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I first met Henry Molaison more than half a century ago, during the spring of my third year in graduate school. I have tried to resurrect the details of my interactions with him that week, but human memory does not allow such excursions. The explicit minutiae of unique episodes fade as time passes, making it impossible for us to vividly re-experience the details of events in the distant past. What I do know is that I was very excited to have the opportunity to study such a rare case as Henry, and I had spent months preparing. Looking back at the results of all the tests he did that week, it was clear even then that the consequences of the operation carried out on him in 1957 – an experimental procedure to cure his epilepsy – had been catastrophic. Henry was left in a permanent state of amnesia, unable to retain any new information.

At the time of Henry’s operation, little was known about how memory processes worked. The extensive damage to the inner part of the temporal lobes on both sides of Henry’s brain made him a vital case study for memory researchers then and now. As the years passed, his fame grew and eventually spread to countries outside North America – and all that time Henry was stuck in the same moment. From time to time, I would tell him how important and well known he was, and he would smile sheepishly, as the praise was already slipping out of his consciousness. In his lifetime he was known as HM; only after his death, in 2008, was his identity revealed to the world.

An amazing story.

It must be a nightmare to live with if you have to leave your home and you can't learn the new layout!

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It's a good analogy for learning more about Dementia, but also a powerful lesson about living in the Now - both possible and somewhat to be desired.

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Short Ted video on happiness and concentration:

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How much was his house worth?

they posted that in the same thread yesterday.

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How much was his house worth?

who's house?

:blink:

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/10047050/Henry-Molaison-The-incredible-story-of-the-man-with-no-memory.html

An amazing story.

It must be a nightmare to live with if you have to leave your home and you can't learn the new layout!

to gain some insight into how that would be, check the following brilliant movie, the whole of which is presented in reverse-scene-order to mimic the perspective of the main protagonist.

Memento (2000)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0209144/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMBTMEgCSok

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More seriously. My mother rang yesterday, as she does everyday.

Literally two minutes later she rang again, asking if we had spoken already.

Alzheimers is cruel.

very cruel.....managed to visit a client today and the poor husband, who 5 years ago was a pleasant and chatty sort, was today, barely able to stand, literally dribbling and kept asking who I was.

tragic for him, but worse for the carer.

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very cruel.....managed to visit a client today and the poor husband, who 5 years ago was a pleasant and chatty sort, was today, barely able to stand, literally dribbling and kept asking who I was.

tragic for him, but worse for the carer.

My mother is in a care home that specialises in dementia. I honestly could not cope with caring for her. An afternoon with her drives me up the wall.

What day is it? What time is it? What time is it? and so on.

One of the residents I used to see seemed to be tormented by demons that he would tell to go away.

As in "goawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoaway..." hour after hour, every day.

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My mother is in a care home that specialises in dementia. I honestly could not cope with caring for her. An afternoon with her drives me up the wall.

What day is it? What time is it? What time is it? and so on.

One of the residents I used to see seemed to be tormented by demons that he would tell to go away.

As in "goawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoaway..." hour after hour, every day.

A few posts on dementia and care homes - reckons D3 helps a lot:

http://nigeepoo.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Dementia%20care%20homes

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My mother is in a care home that specialises in dementia. I honestly could not cope with caring for her. An afternoon with her drives me up the wall.

What day is it? What time is it? What time is it? and so on.

One of the residents I used to see seemed to be tormented by demons that he would tell to go away.

As in "goawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoawaygoaway..." hour after hour, every day.

<<hugs>>

I know I would be the same....Im a bit worried as Mrs Loo huffs and puffs when I asked her to give my feet a rub....and I am getting over a serious fall....cant imagine what she'll do if I lost my mind.....not that I would even want to be a burden

I really admire people who do care, they get little support, whether it is their child, a spouse or a parent...I really dont think I have the strength to carry on in that circumstance.

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