Affecting the minds and quality of life of millions worldwide, Alzheimer’s disease remains among the greatest of medical mysteries. Can its progress be slowed, or its onset prevented completely? In Can Alzheimder’s Be Stopped? (Friday May 22nd, 8.35pm), investigators gather clues in an effort to reconstruct the molecular chain of events that ultimately result in dementia, and we follow the work of key researchers in the field who have helped to develop the leading theories of the disease.
Individuals from all walks of life, including members of a family with a strong genetic predisposition toward Alzheimer’s, describe what it’s like to struggle with the symptoms, while the potential of drug therapies that may help win the war against this cruelly debilitating disease are also examined.