I have decided to do a follow-up on the concept of amnesia simply because it reminded me about my grandfather. My grandfather had a total of five strokes with each one being more debilitating than the other. The final stroke he had made him paralyzed from the neck down and also suffered from memory loss. I do not know exactly the medical terms that doctors used to describe his memory loss but I remember visiting him after he had the stroke and him not knowing who I was. I was about thirteen years old.
He did not seem to recognize anybody but my grandmother. When we discussed about Clive Wearing and him only being able to remember his wife, it made think about my grandfather. I believe he had retrograde amnesia in which he had a loss of memory of events that happened before suffering from the stroke. He could not remember anything from his past without the help of my grandmother telling him, such as how they met.
The reason I believe he might have had retrograde amnesia is because after a couple of visits, he knew who I was compared to the first time. This suggests that he was able to create new memories but not recall memories from his past. He seemed frustrated whenever he could not remember special days, such as my first communion.
I know that probably the loss of memory concerning people in my grandfather’s like is not because of retrograde amnesia. I once read about transient global amnesia and I think that that is what my grandfather was experiencing upon waking up. He had this temporary memory loss concerning who he was as well as who his family was. My grandfather had always been strong and independent. It destroyed him having to be dependent on others.
The video that I watched I think would be a perfect tool to demonstrate in a classroom setting. The video I watched shows the difficulties of false memory and the use of eye witnesses in a line up. I am glad to know that we can now use DNA to prove someone’s innocence...