CNN will rerun the Larry King special “Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic” tonight, May 7, 2011, and I highly recommend watching it. For me this special didn’t add any new information on the subject of dementia, but it did put the escalating problem into perspective and offer some beautiful personal confessions of how this horrific disease has affected people, including Maria Shriver, Ron Reagan, Leeza Gibbons, Angie Dickinson, Terrell Owens, and Seth Rogen and his fiancee Lauren Miller. Here is a great link for comprehensive information on this program, complete with many of the segments just in case you miss the repeat broadcast tonight.
The segment that packed the biggest emotional punch for me was the profile of twins Mollie Miller and Jackie Singer, caregivers for both parents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. These are real people struggling to get by day after day, not celebrities with money and additional resources at their disposal. I can relate to the overwhelming responsibility and sense of despair Mollie and Jackie feel; I’ve been there. God bless these twins and give them the strength to get through their dementia crisis, and to take something with them afterwards to help them rebuild their own lives with peace and happiness. Watch Mollie and Jackie’s story here for a glimpse at the painful reality of Alzheimer’s disease.
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