'Alzheimer's: Every Minute Counts'
(DVD / PG / 2017 / PBS)
Overview: 'Alzheimer's: Every Minute Counts' is an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer's disease. Many know the unique tragedy of this disease, but few know that Alzheimer's is also a major and rapidly growing public health crisis. This high-profile national PBS documentary powerfully illuminates the social consequences for America unless a medical breakthrough is discovered for this currently incurable disease.
DVD Verdict: As I'm sure you all know by now, at the very least one in three of you, Alzheimer's disease (AD), also referred to simply as Alzheimer's, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and worsens over time. It is the cause of 60% to 70% of cases of dementia. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events (short-term memory loss).
As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation (including easily getting lost), mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self care, and behavioral issues. As a person's condition declines, they often withdraw from family and society. Gradually, bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death. Although the speed of progression can vary, the average life expectancy following diagnosis is three to nine years.
So, basically put, Alzheimer’s = the disease for which there is no cure. 'Alzheimer's: Every Minute Counts' illuminates the dramatic consequences for the country unless a medical breakthrough is discovered for this currently incurable disease. With power and passion, the documentary weaves together the sobering statistics about Alzheimer's, expert commentary, and compelling personal stories filmed around the country that represent previews of the future happening today. This documentary is a tearjerker, I give you fair warning, and is an eye opening reveal that manages to educate you without you realizing that you are learning something. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.