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The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's

Half of the people over age 85 in the United States are living with Alzheimer's disease, yet despite this fact, many people do not have an adequate understanding of what living with this affliction can be like. With funding from the MetLife Foundation, PBS (in collaboration with Twin Cities Public Television) has created this website to complement a recent program on Alzheimer's disease. The site contains six main sections, which address the symptoms of the disease, the experience of living with the condition, and the various risk factors involved in developing Alzheimer's. The Experience section is quite well thought out, as it offers perspectives on the condition from some well-known persons who have lived with the disease, such as Aaron Copland, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and former President Ronald Reagan. Each section also contains added material, such as information about the stages of Alzheimer's, how to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, and various activities that can be done along with those persons or family members living with this condition. One of the best features on the site is the Living Center (here depicted as a warm, comfortable living room) where individuals can do helpful and engaging exercises, such as playing with a puzzle, viewing photographs, and arranging flowers in a vase.
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