Life M.A.P. (Memories are Permanent)
Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity, Divinity School
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Department of History
The Life M.A.P. Mayfield group hopes, above all else, to learn about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and its effects on patients and their families. Data from the DSMIV suggests that by the age of 85, 11% of men and 14% of women will show symptoms Alzheimer’s disease, with nearly 75,000 Americans dying every year. The CDC ranks Alzheimer’s as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Due to its extensive effects and implications for the broad American society, we believe that it is of paramount importance to educate ourselves as much as possible. Our project will give us this opportunity in many ways. We will be able to become more knowledgeable about the disease in its symptoms and causes. Also, by participating in the Life M.A.P. Mayfield, the group will be able to learn from Belmont Morningside residents and use their experiences to better our own development as mature adults. We will record these stories for our own sakes and in order to preserve the memories permanently for the patients’ families. Finally, we will be able to witness, first hand, the emotional consequences that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can have on peoples’ lives, and therefore be better able to empathize with patients and their families.