1 November 2013

Facing up to the monster of Alzheimer's disease

(Friday files)

Nobody wants to think about Alzheimer's disease. It's the bogey that we all hope will overlook us and go somewhere else. Most of us either try to deny that we'll ever suffer from it, or we focus on preventative measures like staying fit and keeping our minds active. 

In this moving TED talk Alanna Shaikh talks openly about her experience of seeing her Dad "disappearing" to Alzheimer's disease. She forthrightly acknowledges that her risk of getting dementia herself is increased because of it's genetic component. And then she describes the three things she's doing to prepare herself for it. It's a short but inspiring video.



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