Question: is it possible for people with the disease where they forget things can they forget to breathe

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  1. No, the parts of the brain that control breathing are in a place called the brain stem, whereas the memory centres are in a separate place. Usually the diseases, like Alzheimer’s that affect memory do not attack the brain stem, which is good because breathing is essential to life.


  2. Exactly!

    Which is why it’s impossible to kill yourself just by holding your breath! After a while you faint and as soon as that happens your body steps in and makes your breathe whether you got your way or not.

    Tantrums are much more efficient 🙂