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Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped?

Alzheimer's MRI scan

Alzheimer’s disease strikes at the core of what makes us human: our capacity to think, to love, and to remember. The disease ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide, and it is one of the greatest medical mysteries of our time. Join investigators as they gather clues and attempt to reconstruct the molecular chain of events that ultimately leads to dementia, and follow key researchers in the field who have helped to develop the leading theories of the disease.

Watch NOVA: Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped? April 13 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS. Check listings for additional air-times.

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Along the way, meet individuals from all walks of life who will reveal what it’s like to struggle with Alzheimer’s. Among them, members of a unique Colombian family who have learned that their genetic predisposition all but guarantees early onset Alzheimer’s.

Yet there may be hope. Join these courageous patients participating in clinical trials, and then go behind the scenes of the major drug trials to see how researchers target and test therapies that may slow and even prevent Alzheimer’s.


Share Your Caregiver Story
In the months ahead--the Community Idea Stations will be collecting stories featuring caregivers from diverse backgrounds and situations who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. These stories and experiences will be respectfully recorded and edited together into a new documentary for public television.

Are you caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or have friends and family that are? Please feel free to share your story with us. Your story could be helpful to family and friends of those living with Alzheimer’s better understand the role of the caregiver. If you are interested or would like to find out more please contact us at [email protected].