This is a fascinating idea even if its transalation into something usable is probably decades away.
I spluttered, as I always do with such statements, at this:
That is why someone with Alzheimer's disease can recall events from long ago - before the disease took hold - but have difficulty forming new long-term memories.
I know someone with AD who finds it as difficult to recall any event from long ago as she does to form new long-term memories. I'm sure she's not the only one.
The same old tendency to generalise that we've noted before.