Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts

This 2017 PBS film tells powerful stories of patients, families and doctors fighting for new treatments and new insights into this ancient disease.

Meet Daisy and Sonia:

Questions:

  • Daisy cares for her mother Sonia 24 hours a day. What do you think is the hardest part of Daisy’s role? What are the rewards?

  • What was surprising or concerning about Daisy and Sonia’s story? What did you learn about Alzheimer’s disease while watching this clip?

  • As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, people like Sonia face increased risks to their well-being. How can we work together to create safer environments for people with dementia?

  • Are you a caregiver, or do you know one? What support do you/they need? Where can you find help in your community?

Daisy’s Test:

Questions:

  • Daisy decides to get a test to learn whether or not she has the gene mutation that causes Alzheimer’s disease. Would you or would you not want a similar test? Why?

  • • Daisy also decides to get an experimental treatment that may prevent Alzheimer’s disease. What are the pros and cons of such a treatment?

  • • Daisy has a close friend who helps her with this difficult challenge. How could you best help a friend like Daisy?

Raising Awareness:

Questions:

  • Daisy meets with members of Congress to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease research. What approach would you take, or who might you talk with, to advocate for families facing Alzheimer’s disease?

  • As people live longer lives, it is anticipated that the rates of Alzheimer’s disease will soar. How might this affect our country, your community and your family?

  • What else would you like to learn about Alzheimer’s disease, and particularly about early-onset Alzhimer’s?