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photo Alzheimer's & African Americans: Echoes from the Past
From Campbell Productions

This compelling short documentary examines the high incidence of Alzheimer's disease in the African-American community, as it documents the intimate, first-hand experiences of several families who are providing care for a loved one with this devastating form of dementia. The film intersperses information from health professionals throughout, offering opportunities for realistic discussion of the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's, as well as genetic factors, financial concerns, and caregiver stress. Focusing on spouses and adult children who become caregivers, it is especially effective at showing how Alzheimer's affects interpersonal relationships in these families. Relatives and friends of individuals with Alzheimer’s will identify with both the stresses and the rewards experienced by the families seen here, and clinicians will find it an excellent resource for informing and giving hope to clients as they adjust to the challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's.

27 minutes
© 2007
Purchase $175 DVD
Order No. QA-516

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