This week, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer highlighted the challenges of caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, led by Maria Shriver, who interviewed with Sawyer about her findings released in August in “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s.” Shriver’s decision to take on this devastating disease was inspired by her own father’s struggle. Various ABC Newscasts also featured coverage of Alzheimer’s disease this week.
“The Shriver Report” is based on a survey of more than 3,100 adults relating to the impact of and their experience with Alzheimer’s disease. Findings highlight the idea that Alzheimer’s disease is largely a women’s issue: Two-thirds of sufferers are women, and approximately 60% of caregivers to loved ones with the disease are also women. The total toll? 10 million women, or 6.4% of all women are in some way affected by the disease, according to an article on Time magazine’s Healthland blog.
Terry Moran, co-anchor of ABC News Nightline, wrote a headline story that talks about the financial and emotional toll the disease can take by chronicling the journey of several affected families, including his own mother’s struggle and susequent death from Alzheimer’s disease ten years ago.
Moran also covers the story of Jay Jones, one of 500,000 Americans currently living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In Mr. Jone’s case, and in many others who are subject to cognitive decline at an early age, he wasn’t able to continue his employment, leading his wife to take on a part-time consulting position at just one-fifth of her husband’s previous salary. Mr. Jones is just 53 years old.
If you missed the many heartwarming, inspirational, and eye-opening stories this week on ABC News, you can view full-length clips, articles and a wealth of expert information by visiting ABCNews.com and searching for Alzheimer’s disease.
Read Terry Moran’s article for ABC’s Good Morning America.
Read the Time magazine article.
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