What is Dementia? Watch Unthinkable, The Alzheimer’s Epidemic May 1, 2011

I’ve already set my DVR to record the Larry King special on CNN tonight called Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic. This one-hour special will look into Alzheimer’s disease, who gets it and why, and the race to find effective treatments and a possible cure. The TV program airs May 1, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN and is really a must-see for those affected by Alzheimer’s or anyone who wants to learn more about this “disease of the 21st century”. I will share my own personal thoughts after I’ve had a chance to watch. I’d love to know what you think too, so please leave a comment if you get a chance to watch this program.

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4 thoughts on “What is Dementia? Watch Unthinkable, The Alzheimer’s Epidemic May 1, 2011

  1. Kathleen H. Wheeler Post author

    No, unfortunately I cannot share it. But I believe it should run again on CNN. I’m checking on information and will post when I find out. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you get a chance to see the program. Please let me know what you think when you do!

  2. Kathleen H. Wheeler Post author

    For those who may have missed this program, Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic runs again on May 7, 2011. Check your listings for time. If you don’t know much about dementia, I’d recommend you watch it for a better understanding of what’s involved for both the patients and caregivers. And if you do know about Alzheimer’s, I’d recommend you watch to be reminded that you are not alone and so many others have been through it.

    I’ve just finished watching it, and I must say I was moved to tears in certain parts. Any media attention that increases awareness for Alzheimer’s disease is good, although I don’t think this added any new information for me over and above what I already know. But the personal stories reinforced my own experience with this heartbreaking disease. Even so, I don’t think anyone can understand the long-term devastation that is Alzheimer’s disease until you have witnessed it yourself with someone you love dearly.

    I related most to the twins profiled and the overwhelming helplessness they experienced just trying to survive day by day taking care of their parents. They were not celebrities with money and additional resources available to help, they were real people just like my family. And there are so many more out there just like them struggling through the various stages of this illness just trying to get by.

    Here is what I have learned about Alzheimer’s Disease: it will change your life and outlook on everything because watching someone you love suffer from it will be one of the hardest things you ever have to deal with in your life. You cannot experience Alzheimer’s up close without being forever changed because the suffering is so great for those afflicted as well as for those who must care for the afflicted. And the threat of it lingers in families even after it claims another victim, continuing the cycle of helplessness and fear.

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