Module 14 Discussion: Aging and Memory

STEP 1: One of the major markers of neurocognitive disorders is memory problems, otherwise known as amnesia. A person with amnesia has damage to a major memory that encode parts of the brain such as the hippocampus. A person who has memory loss can have significant disruptions in their life. One of the most dramatic cases of amnesia is Clive Wearing. Clive, a former prominent musicologist and musician wearing has a “Life without Memory”. Please watch the video about Clive and answer the following questions in one discussion post. Your response should include a clear stance on the issue with supporting evidence as to why you feel the way you do. Show that you can think critically on the topic by integrating your own thoughts, analysis, or experiences.

  1. What caused Clive’s amnesia? Was it age or disease onset?
  2. Clive has both retrograde and anterograde memory. Please describe each kind of memory loss and provide an example from the film to document your understanding.
  3. Write a brief reflection about what you learned about cognitive decline from Clive and your thoughts about Clive’s life including his relationships with people and his environment.

STEP 2: Respond in two separate posts to two classmates (in at least 75 words). Explicitly address their responses and try to extend, complicate, or redirect their points in a substantive, knowledge-demonstrating way.