The epidemic has rightfully jumped to the forefront of public discussion and awareness. However, when one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, the immediate reaction is that it's a death sentence. It's time to change that perception and remember to live.
On this special episode, Inside E Street is joined by filmmakers David Shenk and Megan Mylan. Shenk is the executive producer of Living with Alzheimer's, a four-part documentary series that tackles an issue that is relevant to many Americans. Mylan, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, directed My Little Friends, an installment of the series that highlights Alzheimer's patients who volunteer at a day-care facility. Our guests talk about their mission of helping patients understand that there is a fulfilling life after diagnosis.
Also on the program is Libby Embry, who was a caretaker for her father, who had Alzheimer's disease. She was recently diagnosed herself with early-onset Alzheimer's. Embry documents her fight with the disease — she calls it "Big Al" — and tells us about her refusal to let the disease win.
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