Pocket Films Provide Quick Look at Alzheimer’s Disease

Today 24 million people have Alzheimer’s worldwide. This will quadruple to 100 million by 2050. The greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s is age, and currently, there are no therapies to prevent or cure this fatal disease. The Alliance for Aging Research released the four “pocket films” — tools to build broad awareness about the disease and its consequences — at a briefing in Washington, DC. The films are written and directed by noted author and Alzheimer’s Disease lecturer David Shenk and narrated by the well known actor, David Hyde Pierce. Titles of the pocket films include: “What is Alzheimer’s Disease,?” “An Urgent Epidemic,” “The Race to the Cure,” and “A Message for Patients and their Families.” Support for development of the pocket films was provided by the MetLife Foundation.