Caregivers

Screening and Q&A: "The Genius of Marian" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

"The Genius of Marian" follows Pam White in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Her son, the filmmaker, works with her as she attempts to write a book that tributes her mother, the artist Marian Steele. As Pam's family comes together to support her, they must also prepare for the new reality that Alzheimer's brings. The film is a powerful work of art with many visual textures, interweaving observational film making with Super 8 family movies, Marian's paintings and old photographs.

Living With Alzheimer's: Four Short Films

Posted: Sep. 13, 2013

When author David Shenk wrote The Forgetting, Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic, he gave us the big picture of Alzheimer's disease. His latest project, "Living With Alzheimer's", a series of four short films created with funding from the MetLife Foundation and in partnership with Cure Alzheimer's Fund, brings us to the personal level.

When Alzheimer’s Hits Home

Posted: Jun. 13, 2013

In his heyday, Professor Charles K. Kao was a pioneer in the field of fiber optics. In 2009 he was honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics. Today, at age 79, Kao no longer is able to read or speak, because he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

As hard as life is for Gwen Kao, his wife for more than 50 years and primary caregiver, she created The Charles K. Kao Foundation in his honor to raise awareness for the disease and educate the public about what can be done.

Early Symptoms

Looking at Alzheimer's Through a Different Lens

Posted: Jun. 6, 2012

Dr. Cathy Greenblat hasn’t always been a photographer, but she has always followed her heart. Before taking early retirement from Rutgers University, where she was a sociology professor for 35 years, she took a sabbatical in the spring of 2001 and made a decision that ultimately would change her life.

Coconut Oil: A Scientific Perspective

Posted: Apr. 24, 2012

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has received many questions about the value of coconut oil in combatting Alzheimer’s. We’ve asked Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., to respond to these inquiries generically, knowing that a) there is currently no peer-reviewed clinical research available regarding efficacy of coconut oil in treating or preventing Alzheimer’s, and b) every personal situation and experience is unique. Rudy has agreed to provide his perspective on this, given those two giant caveats.