New Alzheimer’s documentary is an ‘urgent wake-up call’
"If you care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or know someone who does, even if you’re simply concerned about your memory, a new documentary airing Wednesday on PBS is a must watch.
"Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts," scheduled to air at 10 p.m. on WPBT2, is touted by its makers as "an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease," a progressive, degenerative brain disease that destroys memory and thinking.
More than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s and that number is projected to jump 55 percent by 2030. By 2050, 14 million Americans could have Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association — much of the rise due to the growing number of aging baby boomers, since Alzheimer’s tends to be age-related. The costs to care for these patients could exceed $1.1 trillion.
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(Photo: from the documentary "Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts")