Terry Pratchett, author of over 70 books, passed away in March 2015 after living with early-onset Alzheimer's disease for over 8 years. His 2012 speech, "Shaking Hands with Death", eloquently describes his process of recognizing and coming to terms with his condition.
Actress Julianne Moore, star of Still Alice, discusses the problem of Alzheimer's with red carpet interviewer Robin Roberts at the 2015 Academy Awards. Moore later received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film.
Still Alice, based on the novel of the same name by Lisa Genova, follows professor Alice Howland (Moore) after she is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Howland struggles to maintain her career and her relationships with family members as her symptoms worsen.
In 2010 at age 59, longtime reporter and writer Greg O’Brien of Brewster, Massachusetts, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. O’Brien wrote the book “On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s” about his experience with the disease, which David Shenk, author of “The Forgetting,” turned into a short film as part of his four-film project “Living with Alzheimer’s.”
At Cure Alzheimer's Fund's 10th anniversary celebration, we honored Alzheimer's advocate Charles Collier for his incredible work fighting the stigma surrounding Alzheimer's disease. Collier is a former senior philanthropic advisor to Harvard University who was diagnosed with early onset AD in 2008. His successor at Harvard, Mr. Alastair Halliday, provided some congratulatory remarks.
Charles W. Collier, a retired senior philanthropic advisor for Harvard University, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2008. His illness has slowed his speech but not his thinking. Since his diagnosis, Charlie has become an advocate for Alzheimer's sufferers everywhere, promoting awareness and open discussion about the disease.
Greg O’Brien is a reporter from Brewster, Mass. He is the former editor and publisher of the Cape Codder and an award-winning writer. O’Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2010. The following is an excerpt from a speech he gave on March 13, 2014.