Monday, May 18, 2009

Seems the National Spotlight is on Alzheimer's Disease

I was on my way home from work on the subway yesterday and I saw an advertisement that read What's the Cost of Alzheimer's to Today's Workforce?. Constant leave, job loss, poor work performance just to name a few. I was struck by this question and I would like to know statistically what is the cost? I haven't finished digging for facts yet, but there are many examples of the sacrifices caregivers have to make in the HBO series The Alzheimer's Project. During a quite emotional segment entitled The Fence, one daughter gave up her job in the city to move to her mother's farm. She works the land and spins yarn from the live stock just to make ends meat. Her sense of loneliness and desperation was palpable. I just wanted to reach into the TV and give her a big hug. What an amazing job HBO did by the way. In any given installment of the 5 part series I can cry or I can smile, often times both.

I think it's great that the national spotlight is being put on this terrible disease. Only then can we hope to fight it.

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