Fade to Dark: The Age Of Alzheimer’s

Fade to Dark: The Age Of Alzheimer’s

Sun, 01/08/2012 - 9:00pm

Alzheimer’s is the incurable disease that destroys memory, speech and function. Scientists say the number of Americans with Alzheimer's may triple by the year 2050.

Fade to Dark: The Age Of Alzheimer’s, airing Sunday, January 8 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2, reports on the latest efforts to find treatment, improve diagnosis and adequately fund research and caregiving for the millions yet to be afflicted. This special is part of Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series, a week-long outreach initiative hosted by WXXI and Al Sigl Center Communities that is designed to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives and abilities of people with disabilities.

It's predicted to be the defining disease of the baby boom generation - Alzheimer’s - the incurable brain disorder that destroys memory and personality, as well as the ability to speak and function.  It's already the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in eight Americans over the age of sixty-five already has the disease; over the age of eighty-five, nearly one in two.  As seventy-eight million baby boomers continue to age, the number of people with Alzheimer's may triple by 2050, and experts warn that without effective treatment, this explosion of cases could become the nation's greatest health care crisis.
In this hour-long special report you will meet Alzheimer's patients and their families.  We'll also look at the latest research into treatment, diagnosis and prevention, and we'll explore whether sufficient funding and planning are in place to provide care for what experts are calling a "tsunami" of Alzheimer's cases to come in the next few decades.

This news-friendly hour-long program is enhanced by an extensive web presence including photo slideshows and video, extended interviews, extra feature pieces and Alzheimer's-related information and resources found here: WBUR.org. Fade to Dark repeats on Wednesday, January 11 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2.

Dialogue on Disability runs January 8-15 and is made possible with support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation