It is believed that the brain’s neurons die and break down as a result of Alzheimer’s. This process is known to involve high levels of amyloid and tau- a peptide and a protein respectively. However, other factors are currently being explored as possibly playing a role in the neurodegenerative effects of the illness.
It seems like today the staples of any finals or midterm season include study materials, breakdowns and an exorbitant amount of caffeine. Whether its in the form of a venti macchiato, multiple Red Bulls, a five hour energy or cold brew, many students and young adults rely on caffeine to get through their days (especially at times of high stress). As demands from school and work seem to increase and results still need to be achieved, a lot of my peers and others have leaned on using caffeine as a way to cope with all the additional stressors.
Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine a little girl sitting on the furthest bench in the darkest corner, with her knees tucked under her chin and her eyes glazed with a faraway gaze, looking but not seeing her classmates running around, playing, and shrieking during recess time.