Best Alzheimers Videos of 2013
Alzheimer’s diagnoses continue to grow worldwide. And while early discovery and treatment offer more hopeful outcomes than in years past, Alzheimer’s victims and their loved ones still face a grim future. Precious memories are lost, and it can be heartbreaking when recognition fades and an active mind falls into disuse.
These videos explore the sadness Alzheimer’s brings, and also provide moments of hope and inspiration. Make no mistake: a cure is not at hand. However, music can call patients back from the brink of mystery, companionship always brings light to patients and loved ones, and love and compassion truly endure.
Battling with Alzheimer's Disease: Zahra Moussavi at TEDxWinnipeg
“Assume one day you wake up. You are blank. You get lost in your own home.”
Neurologist Zahra Moussavi’s mother was still alive and still battling Alzheimer’s when Dr. Moussavi filmed this TEDx talk. But she was getting lost in her own home and, worse, might not have recognized her own daughter. Battling with Alzheimer’s Disease is a moving family portrait and a medical lecture on the disease. Its underlying message is that early diagnosis will help soften the blow of this relentless disease. Dr. Moussavi’s research has already begun to identify Alzheimer’s years before traditional methods.
This brief video overview is presented by global news agency AFP. The clip covers the main symptoms of Alzheimer’s and the basic timeline of patients’ progression. Alzheimer’s shows the spread of the disease from one set of brain cells to another. It also explains the role of tau proteins, which interrupt cellular communication. This is a helpful guide for anyone who needs clinical information on Alzheimer’s.
This touching film is a work of art and a mini-documentary. An Alzheimer’s victim and his wife talk about their losses and what is left to celebrate. The dramatic fictional footage tells a tale of confusion, showing how Alzheimer’s patients feel they live in unfamiliar territory, away from the people they love. “Some total of your memory and your experiences is who you are,” the narrator explains. Remember is a call to action for early diagnosis. It is also a reminder to embrace the present. Director Eliot Rausch made the video for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Nursing home resident and Alzheimer’s patient Henry appears to be “almost un-alive.” Then a staff member puts headphones on so he can hear music. When the music starts, Henry becomes livelier. But that’s not the only effect. Inspired by the music, he sings like Cab Calloway and talks about his life. This excerpt of an award-winning film illustrates how music is a natural medicine that can restore Alzheimer’s sufferers back to themselves. Nursing home staff narrate, but you don’t need anything more than Henry’s smiling face to know he is Alive Inside.
The Alzheimer’s Buddy Program
The Boston Globe produced this short film about Alzheimer’s patients who are paired with Harvard students, to the great benefit of both. In The Alzheimer’s Buddy Program, students learn from the valuable lifelong experiences of the people they visit, while the elderly rejoice in the companionship of new friends. In the presence of their “buddies,” patients become engaged, seeming to reclaim memory and a sense of self. Harvard hopes to expand this program to other universities and patients.
Experience 12 Minutes In Alzheimer's Dementia
ABC Television’s Cynthia McFadden followed Blaine Wilson, his wife, and his mother, Lawanda, for four years. The goal was to study the effects of Lawanda’s Alzheimer’s on the family with in-home cameras and extensive interviews. In this segment of Experience 12 Minutes, McFadden and Blaine undergo a tough experiment to understand how the disease feels. They put on goggles to obstruct vision, headphones to provide the irritating background noise many Alzheimer’s patients experience, and adaptive shoes to make walking difficult. For 12 minutes, the reporter and son enter a world where the simple and familiar become nightmarishly new.
Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2013
Produced by the Alzheimer’s Association’s actionalz.org, this guide shows the frightening statistics of America’s sixth most deadly condition. The facts appear over a soundtrack of increasingly urgent music: someone develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds; the disease is the only leading cause of death that cannot be cured or prevented. Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures 2013 also reminds us of the great, and often unrecognized, burden of the disease on caregivers.
A Caregiver's Story: Alzheimer's is a Cruel Disease
Sabina Shalom, wife of Alzheimer’s victim Mark Shalom, narrates her experience of watching her husband’s mental decline. Produced by PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, A Caregiver's Story movingly recounts the minor losses—a messy house, bills unpaid—and the major devastation of losing a lifelong companion, even as he stands beside you. But the Shaloms’ story reminds us that Alzheimer’s can plateau, providing a “good patch” when loved ones can reconnect, however briefly.
Love Never Forgets: An Alzheimer's Love Story
Verna and Jerry Kinersly are the focus of this hopeful story of love and loving care. Married 60 years when Verna was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the couple took advantage of resources provided by the Larry Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. With those services and their own humor and patience, the Kinerslys are able to live candidly and in the present, cherishing each other and every day. This story reminds us that facts can be forgotten but Love Never Forgets.
Former Physician Takes Action
Dr. Dewayne Nash has a family history of Alzheimer’s. He knew he was more likely to get the disease than the general population. But he wasn’t thinking about himself when he volunteered for a study to detect Alzheimer’s as early as possible. What he learned was the devastating news that he was already developing the disease. But even as he retired from 25 years as a family doctor, Dr. Nash still wanted to improve the health of others. The University of Texas Southwestern interviewed Dr. Nash about the work he continues to do with Alzheimer’s patients. Former Physician Takes Action emphasizes the value of early diagnosis and the human need for feeling useful for as long as possible.
Alzheimer’s disease erases memories and connections developed over a lifetime, “vanishing” its victims behind a veil of mystery. Caregivers and loved ones are caught in a crisis of caring for someone they feel they no longer know. As the medical community works towards a cure and tries to mitigate the progression of the disease, inspiration and information are daily necessities. Return to these exceptional videos for vital support.