If you missed “CNN Presents: A Larry King Special—Unthinkable: the Alzheimer’s Epidemic“ May 1, 2011, you’re not alone.
I had technical issues and hoped to catch the replays. Breaking news preempted both scheduled replays. It’s scheduled to be replayed again Saturday May 7, 2011, at 8 PM ET on CNN.
Is there an alternative?
Well, yes. There’s a “rush transcript” and video clips on the CNN website.
While I’m not exactly sure what’s meant by “rush transcript”, my guess is it’s the initial transcript and subject to editing and corrections. To read the transcript click on this link. You can also watch some video clips by clicking on this link. At least as of the writing of this post. 😉
The video clips are interesting. Although I’m not sure which ones made the final show edit because the transcript refers to videos, and it’s not clear how much of the videos if any are in the transcript.
Before commenting on the famous people’s interviews, I want to see the show. It’s hard to tell from a transcript just how much actual caregiving they did. And because the video clips might be different than those in the show, I want to see both.
I’m interested in how much of the Alzheimers symptoms they actually lived. And how much was long-distance care, someone else responsible for the day-to-day caregiving. While I understand about both, it’s the day-to-day caregivers who live with Alzheimers symptoms every moment of every day.
A video clip is available of a set of adult twin sisters. Their parents with Alzheimer’s were diagnosed within weeks of each other in the summer of 2010. Although it appears as though the parents had different stages of Alzheimer’s when diagnosed The sisters and their families provide 24/7 care for their parents, showing the frustrations, concerns, and exhaustion of family caregivers.
Coping with Alzheimers symptoms is sad, exhausting and frustrating all at once. Caregiving alone may easily be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. And having little or no time to process the diagnosis before plunging into the caregiving is beyond hard.
Among the people interviewed are Harry Johns, CEO and President of the Alzheimer’s Association, Dr. Jeff Cummings from the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent.
If you saw the special or plan to, leave a comment. If you know someone with Alzheimers symptoms did the special help?
To your healthy caregiving,
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