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“Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic” on CNN tonight

“Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic” on CNN tonight

Alzheimer’s disease is everywhere. We may or may not personally know someone with the disease, but we are likely to know a person who has a family member struggling with AD. We are also likely to see at least one news program during the week with some mention of the disease. This awareness has, in part, been brought about by courageous family members of well-known people who are suffering, or have suffered, from the disease.

The clout of these nationally known personalities is huge, as their high profiles help remove some of the stigma once associated with Alzheimer’s.

Huge numbers of the people working toward Alzheimer’s awareness, however, are ordinary folks who alone don’t have a lot of clout. What they do have is a voice through the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. These organizations have made a dramatic difference.

Speaking of voices

Sunday at 8:00 p.m. CT, Larry King returns to CNN with a look at how people cope with Alzheimer's disease. Don't miss
"Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic" this show. If you can’t watch it, record it.

Also, consider buying the book “Alzheimer’s in America: The Shriver Report on Women and Alzheimer’s,” a study about Alzheimer’s by Maria Shriver and the Alzheimer’s Association.

With awareness comes pressure on Congress and private organizations for research dollars so scientists can find a way to prevent or cure this devastating disease. AD carries an enormous human cost, as well as financial burden. Both continue to drain the resources of families and our nation. Increase your awareness by taking in emotional and factual information on “Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic” tonight on the Larry King special. Each Alzheimer’s story you read, see or hear about will touch your soul. This could be you or someone you love.

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This is the coverage that is needed to jumpstart the general public's awareness of how debilitating Alzheimer's is. By giving them a glimpse of what life is like for patients and caregivers alike.

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