"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.
Washington (November 7, 2013) – As the country commemorates November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness month, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) has been announced as the new Senate co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease. Senator Markey was co-chair of the Task Force with Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) when he served in the House of Representatives. While in the House, then-Rep. Markey co-authored the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which mandated the development of a first-ever comprehensive National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.
Charlie Collier is a former senior philanthropic advisor for Harvard University and author of the groundbreaking book Wealth in Families. In 2008, at age 60 he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Since then, Charlie has devoted himself to speaking out about his condition, and encouraging others to do the same. "I am trying to get people to talk and ask me hard questions," he says.
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.
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.
When high school junior Mike Napoli learned his friend’s mother had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at age 50, he wanted to do something to help. “Since my friend Riley’s mom, Marcia Stanford, is an avid runner and fitness instructor, I felt that a running event would be the best way to support her and her family,” says Napoli.
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