Local Families, Physicians Featured in New Alzheimer’s Documentary

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Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts is a Powerful and Compassionate Look at America’s Next Public Health Crisis

St. Louis, MO — January 18, 2017 — Local families and physicians are among those featured in a new documentary on the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease raging in America, which will debut on The Nine Network on Wednesday, January 25 at 9 p.m.

Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts, produced by St. Paul/Minneapolis affiliate Twin Cities PBS, features a Springfield, MO family touched by the disease as well as the work of Washington University researchers searching for a cure. Because of the care needed for those living with the disease, and the length of time that care is necessary, Alzheimer’s is often called the most expensive medical condition in the United States.

“I think of it as a tsunami,” said Dr. Beau Ances, who heads an Alzheimer’s research lab at Washington University and whose work is featured in the film. “If we don’t start to get ahold of this disease, it’s going to be a huge wave and it’s not just going to hit those who suffer from it, but their caregivers and the economy as well. So the question is, are we prepared for it or not?”

The documentary aims to draw attention to a disease that is believed by many to be the next public health catastrophe on the horizon the nation. The number of American’s with Alzheimer’s is projected to rise 55 percent by 2030, and affect a staggering 14 million individuals by 2050, severely taxing programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

“It’s kind of like the best of times and the worst of times for Alzheimer’s,” Ances said. “We’re starting to understand it, but there’s not a lot of funding.”

Washington University’s work on Alzheimer’s research will also be featured on Nine Network’s program, SciTech Now, airing on January 25 at 7:30 p.m.

About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life. Nine’s platforms include four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids), the Nine Center for Public Engagement, the Public Media Commons, social media, and multiple websites accessible at nineNet.org. The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our vision of a strong and healthy community working together through public media and our mission of igniting the spirit of possibility.

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