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Alzheimer’s — A New Look at an Old Disease

Posted on 09/26/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

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Brain X-RayHi, everyone!  AARP Illinois communications staff member Heather Heppner here to share with you a new video series on Alzheimer’s disease that features Dr. William Klein from Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.).

What do we really know about Alzheimer’s disease — a disease that affects more than 5 million Americans?  More than you might think.  In this new five-part video series LG Taylor — filmmaker and founder of the science collaborative Neuro.Rapt — explores Alzheimer’s disease with the help of Northwestern researcher William Klein.  Klein founded Klein Lab at Northwestern University and his work is dedicated to discovering the cause and developing a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.


Episode 1 – Where It All Began.  This five-minute video explores the origins of Alzheimer’s, how the disease affects creativity and imagination, and the emotional and financial toll of the disease.

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Episode 2 – Dementia and the Toxins That Destroy Memory and Learning.  This five-minute video explores the causes of dementia and how toxins affect the memory network.

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Episode 3 – Why Toxins Build Up in the Brain and Can We Prevent It?  In the third segment of this five-part series on Alzheimer’s Disease, Dr. William L. Klein ponders if there’s a correlation between diabetes, current environment and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Episode 4 – Who Does Alzheimer’s Disease Affect?

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Episode 5 – Discovering Therapeutics That Work and the New Path Toward Effective Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment  In the fifth and final segment of this five-part docu-series on Alzheimer’s Disease: Dr. Klein covers: How do we get the young generation involved?  With all of these hurdles, can we be optimistic about what’s on the horizon?

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Did you know?*

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
  • An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.  Today, an American develops Alzheimer’s disease every 68 seconds.
  • In 2013, Alzheimer’s will cost the nation $203 billion.  This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.
  • Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease grew by 68 percent between 2000 and 2010, while rates for other major causes of death (e.g. heart disease) decreased during this time period.


*Facts provided by the Alzheimer’s Association


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