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Ralph Kelly, right, with his wife Ruth Fretts. Ralph was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at the age of 59. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Ralph Kelly, right, with his wife Ruth Fretts. Ralph was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at the age of 59. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

As America's 78 million baby boomers hit retirement age, one in eight of them is expected to develop Alzheimer's disease.

Today WBUR has launched a week-long series exploring the disease, its effect on families, and the work that medical researchers are doing to better understand the disease — much of which is being done right here in Boston.

We talk with the executive producer of the series, Iris Adler, and are introduced to a couple dealing with the debilitating disease.

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This program aired on October 17, 2011.

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