In 2010 at age 59, longtime reporter and writer Greg O’Brien of Brewster, Massachusetts, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. O’Brien wrote the book “On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s” about his experience with the disease, which David Shenk, author of “The Forgetting,” turned into a short film as part of his four-film project “Living with Alzheimer’s.”
At Cure Alzheimer's Fund's 10th anniversary celebration, we honored Alzheimer's advocate Charles Collier for his incredible work fighting the stigma surrounding Alzheimer's disease. Collier is a former senior philanthropic advisor to Harvard University who was diagnosed with early onset AD in 2008. His successor at Harvard, Mr. Alastair Halliday, provided some congratulatory remarks.
Charles W. Collier, a retired senior philanthropic advisor for Harvard University, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2008. His illness has slowed his speech but not his thinking. Since his diagnosis, Charlie has become an advocate for Alzheimer's sufferers everywhere, promoting awareness and open discussion about the disease.
Greg O’Brien is a reporter from Brewster, Mass. He is the former editor and publisher of the Cape Codder and an award-winning writer. O’Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2010. The following is an excerpt from a speech he gave on March 13, 2014.
On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, a U.S. Senate subcommittee heard from several panelists on the state of research, funding and awareness for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The first panel was led by Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In his talk, Dr. Collins describes much of the research being conducted by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, which is focused on identifying both the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and identifying therapeutic targets for drug discovery to prevent cognitive decline.
In recent years, depictions of dementia on the stage and screen have become increasingly common. On February 20, 2014, Cure Alzheimer's Fund president and CEO Tim Armour appeared on WGBH News to discuss art and Alzheimer's disease. He was joined by WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen to talk about a recent play, "Absence", which tells the story of a woman living with dementia through her own eyes.