Three years ago, at age 59, my mom began having serious difficulty with her cognition. Scratching our heads in bewilderment, we did what anyone would do, and decided to see a neurologist. Because her symptoms were atypical, the diagnosis was unclear, and it sent us around the country to some of our nation's top neurology departments to figure out what she had.
The process was gutting, and left me with more questions than answers. To say I was in shock is an understatement. My frustration with the limited capacity for treatment I saw, and my intuition that something could and needed to be done, compelled me to action. My focus from that point on was two-fold: What, if anything, can be done to address the disease (rather than just the symptoms) of somebody who is already showing early symptoms of cognitive impairment, and what, if anything, can be done to prevent it in the first place? It was around that time that I encountered a groundswell of cutting edge thinking that stood in stark contrast to the vacuum of standard medical care as I had experienced it with my mom.
BREAD HEAD (working title) will be the first documentary to investigate the empowering science that is happening in labs and clinics today to help us beat it. Because changes in the brain begin decades before Alzheimer's symptoms, the absolute best way we can move the needle on this disease is through minimizing risk when it matters most.
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