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

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 intimacy. This episode was recorded on May 24, 2017

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.

The No Fly List

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 3 David takes away Greg's laptop. Greg talks about ongoing rage issues and how his anger almost put him on the federal no-fly list. Greg says that in some ways Alzheimer's has given him a purpose. Greg no longer has confidence in himself; but he has confidence in his soul and his heart. This episode was recorded June 1, 2016. Keywords: pity; being late; 100 bucks.

The Mistaken Kiss

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 2 Greg talks about a humiliating experience that's becoming more common. He discusses how he tries to conceal his symptoms (what he calls "the train wreck"), because he doesn't want people's sympathy. Greg mistakenly kisses a girl he does not know. And Greg explains to David why he must blurt things out and talk over people when he has a thought. With special guest Dr. Rudy Tanzi. This episode was recorded November 20, 2015. Keywords: snowflakes; exit strategy;

Introductions

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 1 In the first episode of The Forgetting, we meet Greg O'Brien and David Shenk. We hear about Greg's long history with Alzheimer's, including taking care of family members with the disease before his own symptoms came on. Greg's friends joke about him owing them money. And Greg makes a promise to his mother. With special guest Jed Levine. This episode was recorded September 10, 2015. Keywords: rage; humor; hope.

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