The Forgetting The Forgetting is a podcast that talks about and demystifies Alzheimer's disease. The twice-monthly show is co-hosted by two well-respected Alzheimer's experts: David Shenk author of, "The Forgetting: Alzheimer's, Portrait of an Epidemic;" and Greg O'Brien, author of, "On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's."O'Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2009, at age 59. The podcast highlights the friendship Shenk and O'Brien share, while also documenting O'Brien's experience with the disease as its symptoms become more pronounced. Executive Producer: Sean Corcoran. Producer: Steve Junker
The Forgetting

The Forgetting

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The Forgetting is a podcast that talks about and demystifies Alzheimer's disease. The twice-monthly show is co-hosted by two well-respected Alzheimer's experts: David Shenk author of, "The Forgetting: Alzheimer's, Portrait of an Epidemic;" and Greg O'Brien, author of, "On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's."O'Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2009, at age 59. The podcast highlights the friendship Shenk and O'Brien share, while also documenting O'Brien's experience with the disease as its symptoms become more pronounced. Executive Producer: Sean Corcoran. Producer: Steve Junker

Most Recent Episodes

The Forgetting: Season One Finale

The Forgetting: Episode 13 In the finale of "The Forgetting Podcast: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's" Season 1, we learn that there will be a season 2, slated for release in the fall. We also hear from co-hosts Greg O'Brien and David Shenk about the response they've received since the podcast was released. Greg talks about his hero, Larry David, who sent Greg a gift. An 85-year-old woman asks Greg a question about his Jeep and probably regrets it. David talks about the recent loss of his own

Where's the Government?

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 12 Special guest George Vrandenburg talks about his work pushing the federal government to spend more on research. George tells talks about the loss of his wife Trish to Alzheimer's and how the disease impacted their family. Greg recalls an event in Los Angeles that reinvigorated him in the fight against the disease. Other topics: people need to talk about Alzheimer's and dementia in order to demystify the disease; people need to look out for caregivers, who could

A Family Diagnosis

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 11 Greg reveals that he blacked out twice while going to a business meeting, but he did not tell anyone. David tries to surprise Greg with two mystery guests. The surprise fails. Greg's two sons, Conner and Brendan O'Brien, join the podcast for an honest discussion about their dad and dementia's impact on their lives. Greg and his family discuss a difficult conversation they recently had about the family's financial future. This episode was recorded on July 27,

Moving Between Two Worlds

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 10 Greg and David are joined by Gloria Clayborne, the wife and caregiver to jazz icon Junior Mance, who has dementia. Greg talks about going into a rage and stepping out of a cab in Manhattan. Gloria discusses some of the strategies she uses to deal with her husband's hallucinations and incontinence. David, Greg and Gloria talk about sex, and how some Alzheimer's patients still have strong sex drives and a desire for intimacy. This episode was recorded on May 24,

Finding New Pathways

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 9 Greg talks about the death of Trish Vradenburg, who, along with her husband George, helped create US Against Alzheimer's – one of the most effective advocacy organizations in the Alzheimer's world. Greg says his mind is telling him to do things he wouldn't normally do, which makes him worry. David talks about the plan for how long the podcast will go on so that people can get the blunt truth about the disease. This episode was recorded April 27, 2017.

Realize What's Important

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 8 Greg loses his friend. Greg gets upset with people who do the "drive by." An encounter of the 3rd kind. Greg tells a joke about Alzheimer's, reminding us to keep our senses of humor. A discussion of the disease before symptoms. Greg has advice for his friend as he faces dying. This episode was recorded April 13, 2017.

Less Judgmental

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 7 Greg talks about flipping off drivers on the way to the station. David and Greg discuss when it's appropriate to correct someone with Alzheimer's, and when it's be best to just let things go. David surprises Greg by bringing on special guest Lisa Genova, the author of the novel, "Still Alice," and a close friend of Greg's. Once again, the conversation turns to suicide, with Lisa offering some valuable context and information. Lisa tells a story about ALS. This

In a Place Like This

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 6 Greg talks about caregivers, and how it's never just one person who has Alzheimer's, but the whole family. Greg tells a story about being so filled with rage, he crossed a street without caring to even look for cars. Working out at the gym still helps Greg. And David asks Greg about why he continues to talk about "checking out," and what he means by it. This episode was recorded February 2, 2017. Keywords: caregiver; rage; exit strategy; confession.

Without the Filter

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 5 Greg feels that he's becoming more like Larry David, blurting out his thoughts and feelings. Another problem at airport security: Greg throws a shoe. An outburst at the Harvard Club. Why humor helps. A discussion of Glen Campbell with his wife Kim, who talks about how her faith helped while caring for Glen through his Alzheimer's disease.

Becoming Grandpa

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 4 Greg talks about how he often doesn't recognize people he knows. Greg gets upset when his first grandchild is being born, and his older sister sets him straight. Greg gets lost in his hotel. And while giving a speech, Greg senses a woman standing behind him on stage giving him support. This episode was recorded November 22, 2016. Keywords: faking it; alone on a bus; caregivers.

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