• Some disorders slowly strip away memory. Alzheimer’s disease begins as difficulty remembering new information and progresses into an inability to do everyday tasks. Family members and close friends become strangers; complex speech becomes simple sentences; the brain’s memory centers, once strong, become weak and wither away (Desikan et al., 2009). Think of your own memory. What makes memory so important to human beings? What are some other areas of the brain that are affected by Alzheimer’s disease? We are all social beings. Thus, what areas of social functioning are impacted by memory loss?