Alzheimer is a very common disease that afflicts millions of people worldwide. These people include famous intellectuals, politicians, actors, and writers alike, many of which opted for treatment. Some prominent examples are Harold Wilson (United Kingdom) and Adolfo Suárez (Spain), actor Charlton Heston, actress Rita Hayworth, and author Terry Pratchett. Other notable cases include former United States President Ronald Reagan and Irish writer Iris Murdoch, both of whom were the featured in scientific articles observing how their cognitive capabilities worsened with the disease.
Several films have spotlighted Alzheimer Disease in recent past. Iris (2001) is based on John Bayley's memoir of his wife Iris Murdoch. The Notebook (2004) too is adopted from a Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. Away from Her (2006) is also based on Alice Munro's short story, "The Bear Came over the Mountain".
Please take a look at our Alzheimer & Dementia Newsletter for information on the research work being done.
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