This post is one of a five-part series by Linda Hitt Kempf, RN, LNHA about the latest research and help for patients and family members dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.
|Linda Hitt Kempf,
A. Because knowledge is power, I’m excited to share with you that there is a remarkable educational program and video available that I feel is the best educational series about Alzheimer’s I’ve seen in 20 years. Sponsored by UK-Sanders Brown Center for Aging in Lexington and shown on KET, The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s addresses the Alzheimer’s epidemic, serving to educate the public and guide families dealing with Alzheimer’s.
The series is based on the best-selling book by David Shenk, who shares: “Fifteen years ago, there were approximately 500,000 Americans with Alzheimer’s. Today, there are 10 times as many – almost 5 million.” Shenk’s book is the resource behind the series and focuses on how three individuals and their families deal with the intensity of managing Alzheimer’s in the real world.
I recommend all families and health care workers watch the entire series and read Shenk’s book cover-to-cover. The Forgetting DVD and book are available at shop.pbs.org, or you can call 1-800-ShopPBS.