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PBS to Air Alzheimer's Documentary

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PBS is running a documentary about Lee Gorewitz, a woman who has Alzheimer’s disease, as part of its Independent Lens series.

The film, “You’re Looking At Me Like I Live Here And I Don’t,” will premiere on many PBS stations at 10 p.m. Thursday.

Scott Kirschenbaum the director, filmed Gorewitz in an Alzheimer’s and dementia care unit in Danville, Calif.

He shows her being baffled by a birthday card, creating a family of stuffed animals to substitute for her own children, enjoying music, and taking her frustration out on other unit residents.

Independent Television Service (ITS), an organization helping PBS present the film, does not talk about long-term care insurance (LTCI) in the promotional materials for the documentary, but it does note that, unless the United States succeeds at curing or preventing Alzheimer’s disease, the number of older U.S. residents with the condition could grow to 72 million in 2030, from 39 million today.

Most other Alzheimer’s films tell the story of the condition from the perspective of the relatives or doctors of the people who have the condition, not from the perspective of the people with Alzheimer’s, ITS says.


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