An estimated five million people in the U.S. are living with some form of dementia. By 2050, barring any major scientific breakthroughs, the number of people living with dementia is expected to balloon to nearly 14 million. Taking into consideration the family members and other people who provide daily care, Alzheimer’s and dementia will have a huge impact on our communities.

Living with Alzheimer’s & Dementia explores the effects these diseases have on individuals, families, and communities. The program reveals the myths and stigmas that have hindered better living and caretaking, and examines the heavy burden of costs associated with the disease, whether financial, physical, or psychological. Lastly, it looks at innovative ways of meeting the challenges of dementia care.

Weaving together personal stories of those who are living with dementia, insight from their care partners, and commentary from leading experts in dementia, the documentary lays the foundation for a better understanding of the disease, ways to care for those with dementia, and the support systems families need in order to provide that care.

On CPTV: Wednesday, March 22 at 10 p.m.

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