TED.com, home to hundreds of viral, thought-provoking, and inspiring videos from all variety of experts, is a global partner in the fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia. Their online dementia playlist includes videos from inventors and scientists “on the cutting edge of medical research are doing to combat this neurological puzzle.” Below are three of our favorites.
Alanna Shaikh: How I’m preparing to get Alzheimer’s
Global Health Consultant Alanna Shaikh was faced with a parent living with Alzheimer’s disease. While most people respond with denial or extreme efforts at prevention, Alanna is taking three major steps to prepare for Alzheimer’s – if she should get it.
From TED.com “When faced with a parent suffering from Alzheimer’s, most of us respond with denial (“It won’t happen to me”) or extreme efforts at prevention. But global health expert and TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh sees it differently. She’s taking three concrete steps to prepare for the moment — should it arrive — when she herself gets Alzheimer’s disease.
Samual Cohen: Alzheimer’s Is Not Normal Aging – And We Can Cure It
“More than 40 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to increase drastically in the coming years. But no real progress has been made in the fight against the disease since its classification more than 100 years ago. Scientist Samuel Cohen shares a new breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research from his lab as well as a message of hope. ‘Alzheimer’s is a disease,’ Cohen says, ‘and we can cure it.’”
Kenneth Shinozuka: My Simple Invention, Designed to Keep my Grandfather Safe
An inventor since kindergarten, Shinozuka “designs smart products” and naturally put those skills to use when his family experienced the challenges of life with dementia. “60% of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming talk, hear how teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a novel solution to help his night-wandering grandfather and the aunt who looks after him … and how he hopes to help others with Alzheimer’s.”