Alzheimer's in the Family

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For a long time in life, Alzheimer's seems like somebody else's problem. An issue for the unfortunate old. A misty, separate continent of life.

And then, it can hit you. Your own parents, needing help. Losing their grip. Your own odds of following them into Alzheimer's — higher than you'd ever wish.

One in 10 people get Alzheimer's. New research suggests that if both your parents had it, your odds may be one in five. Now the Baby Boom generation and its children are lining up to learn their fate. And science is racing to intervene.

This hour, On Point: going after Alzheimer's.Guests:

Reisa Sperling, neurologist and Alzheimer's researcher at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston

Thomas Bird, Professor of Neurology, Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Washington

Pierre Tariot, director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Phoenix

This program aired on March 12, 2008.


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