Primetime Radio
Sat, 06/15/2013 - 10:00am
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Every year, about 450,000 Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Each diagnosis creates a ripple effect, as millions of family members are thrown into a terribly sad, confusing and time-consuming situation. Filmmaker David Shenk believes the best resource, by far, is experienced Alzheimers families, caregivers who have already spent years learning to navigate this harrowing terrain. Shenk emphasizes that while no one is glossing over the difficulty of the disease, he did ask filmmakers to focus on solutions, tools and strategies families employ to carve out a comfortable and meaningful life in a new series of short films.

Then, for twenty-two years, Katherine Bouton had a secret that grew harder to keep every day. As an editor at The New York Times, and at daily editorial meetings she couldnt hear what her colleagues were saying. She had gone profoundly deaf in her left ear; her right was getting worse. As she once put it, she was the kind of person who might have used an ear trumpet in the nineteenth century. Bouton discusses her new book, Shouting Won’t Help, a deftly written, deeply felt look at the widespread problem of midlife hearing loss.

David Shenk and Katherine Bouton, this week on Prime Time Radio.

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