May 5, 2011
Sweet Memories: Living with Alzheimers
Today, an estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Most people survive an average of four to eight years after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, but many can live as long as 20 years with the disease. This prolonged duration places increasingly intense care demands on caregivers. On Thursday's program, we’ll take a look at the challenges facing these caregivers and new resources available to them.
Barry Petersen - Emmy award-winning CBS news journalist who is living with his wife's early onset diagnosis (at age 55) of Alzheimer's
Glenda and Scott Miller - Scott, a salesman, was diagnosed in 2009 at age 63 after several years of cognitive impairment
Gino Colombara - Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Virginia