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About The Forgetting: the documentary

About the Show

The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's is a Primetime Emmy award-winning documentary that takes a dramatic, compassionate, all-encompassing look at the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease. The cornerstone of the project is a 90-minute documentary based on David Shenk's best-selling book. Like Shenk's book, the documentary weaves together the history and biology of the disease, the intense real-world experiences of Alzheimer's patients and caregivers, and the race to find a cure.

The original program was followed by Alzheimer's: The Help You Need, a half-hour program hosted by David Hyde Pierce, which featured top Alzheimer's experts from around the nation offering advice on coping with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Forgetting re-broadcast includes a new follow-up show—The Future of Alzheimer's with David Hyde Pierce. Pierce and a panel of Alzheimer's experts will explain and contextualize the latest scientific findings, emphasize the importance in addressing and treating Alzheimer's within ethnic and racial minorities, and discuss the future of Alzheimer's research and treatment.

Air Date

The Forgetting premiered on PBS in January 2004 and was rebroadcast in August 2008 with The Future of Alzheimer's—a half-hour panel discussion hosted by David Hyde Pierce.  Please check local listings for additional broadcasts or watch the program online.