PBS Documentary Explores National Threat Posed by Alzheimer’s Disease

News Release Date: 
January 13, 2017

For Immediate Release

PBS Documentary Explores National Threat Posed by Alzheimer’s Disease

LINCOLN, Neb (Jan. 13, 2017) – “Alzheimer’s Every Minute Counts,” premiering 9 p.m. CT, Wednesday, Jan. 25, on NET, is an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease.

Many know the unique tragedy of this disease, but few know that Alzheimer’s is one of the most critical public health crises facing America. This powerful one-hour documentary illuminates the social and economic consequences for the country unless a medical breakthrough is discovered for this currently incurable disease. 

Rick Shannon is struggling with the emotional and financial realities of placing his mother, Phyllis, in a memory care facility.

There are now more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease. With the growing number of aging baby boomers and the fact that the onset of Alzheimer’s is primarily age-related, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s is projected to rise by 55 percent by 2030. By 2050, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates the total number could explode to nearly 14 million.

Alzheimer’s will not only be a profound human tragedy, but an overwhelming economic one as well. Due to the length of time people live with the illness and need care, it’s the most expensive medical condition in the U.S. Future costs for Alzheimer’s threaten to bankrupt Medicare, Medicaid and the savings of millions of Americans. It is estimated that if the number of patients increases as projected in the years ahead, the costs to care for them will exceed $1.1 trillion.

“Alzheimer’s Every Minute Counts” weaves together expert commentary with compelling personal stories filmed around the country that represent previews of the future happening today. For more information about the show, visit http://www.pbs.org/show/alzheimers-every-minute-counts/. Viewers can also join in the conversation on social media networks using #EveryMinuteCountsPBS.

In partnership with the Nebraska Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, NET has also planned a special community screening Jan. 25 at the Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St., in Omaha. This event is free and open to the public. A resource fair and opening reception begins at 4 p.m., followed by the film screening at 5 p.m. A panel discussion with Alzheimer’s professionals from the Omaha area follows the screening. For more information, visit http://netnebraska.org/event/net-community-engagement/alzheimers-every-minute-counts-screening-omaha.


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