What are you doing the evening of Sunday, August 3? If you don't have any plans (or even if you do), I'd encourage you to take time to watch The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's, which will air at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check your local listings).
A year ago, I had the opportunity to watch The Forgetting, the Emmy Award-winning documentary based on David Shenk's best-selling book. My 2006 sharepost described the important messages and the heartbreaking stories that the 90-minute documentary shared.
The 2008 broadcast of The Forgetting is timed to air immediately following the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD), held in Chicago on July 26-31. A follow-up show, The Future of Alzheimer's with David Hyde Pierce, is scheduled right after The Forgetting airs. This 30-minute production is moderated by actor and dedicated Alzheimer's Champion, David Hyde Pierce. Pierce and a panel of Alzheimer's experts will explain and contextualize the ICAD conference findings, emphasize the importance in addressing and treating Alzheimer's within ethnic and racial minorities, and discuss the future of Alzheimer's research and treatment.
If you know of others who would benefit from watching The Forgetting, you might want to check out the information on hosting a viewing party provided by the Alzheimer's Association. The association's hope is that by holding viewing parties, you and others can learn about ways you can make a difference in the battle against Alzheimer's.
Published On: August 01, 2008