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Alzheimer's: Remember to Live

Helping patients and their families understand that there is a fulfilling life after diagnosis

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It's time to change the perception that Alzheimer's is a death sentence and remember to live.

En español l Every 68 seconds, a person develops Alzheimer's disease in America.

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.