Why do people with Alzheimer's stop recognizing their loved ones?

Alzheimer's not only steals people's memories but also their ability to recognize faces, which widens the gulf between people with this disease and their loved ones. A recent study has demonstrated that, beyond causing memory problems, Alzheimer's disease also impairs visual face perception. This finding may help families better understand their loved one's inevitable difficulties and lead to new avenues to postpone this painful aspect of the disease.


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The holistic ability to perceive faces is impaired by Alzheimer's disease; © panthermedia.net/lisafx