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Memory

Season 2 - Episode 7 Memory

  • 56 mins
  • Aired October 14, 2020

In this one-hour season finale, we delve into the science of memory - how it works, how we can retain it and why we lose it. On a trip to Chicago, a group of fascinating research participants are highlighted – elderly nuns who are helping scientists discover the ingredients to a long, healthy dementia-free life. The episode also features the first study in the world that uses flickering lights built into sunglasses to remove amyloid plaque from the brain and also gives a close-up look at the unique, state-funded Georgia Memory Net program, newly available to all Georgians who need memory assessment and care. Five Georgia Memory Net centers have opened across the state and are providing critical care to help diagnose dementia in its early stages. The episode also profiles a renowned neurologist in Tennessee with the brain disease, Lewy Body Dementia. We look at the similarities between Lewy Body, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease and show how these disease processes overlap. And we share a touching love story of another neurologist who is caring for his wife with Alzheimer’s, finding joy and peace through their shared love of music.

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Religious Orders Study

15 mins

Emory University and Rush University in Chicago are partners in a groundbreaking study into how we can prevent cognitive decline as we age. The Religious Orders Study includes nuns and priests who begin taking part in the study at 65-years-old with yearly cognitive and neurological tests and agree to brain donation after death.

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Emory Healthy Aging Study

3 mins

The Emory Healthy Aging Study is a game-changing effort to further scientific understanding of how we age, and learn more about the average human lifespan, diseases and neurological disorders. The goal is to enroll 3,000 people to figure out two critical things when it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease: who is going to develop the disease and when are they going to develop the disease.

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Lewy Body Dementia

9 mins

Dr. John Dougherty was a leading neurologist in Knoxville Tennessee. A passionate advocate for the diagnosis and treatment of those with dementia, as the head of Cole Neuroscience Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Dr. Dougherty treated 30 thousand patients over the years including iconic University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summit. Today, at 75-years-old, Dr. Dougherty is more than a year into his diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia, the second-most common form of dementia.

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Georgia Memory Net

5 mins

Georgia Memory Net is comprised of five memory assessment clinics throughout the state in Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Albany and downtown Atlanta. That goal is to provide memory assessment to Georgians like Wayne Wynn who has been connected to resources and a social worker to help plot a path forward with a dementia diagnosis.

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Flicker Study

8 mins

Jackie Spierman was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, often a pre cursor to Alzheimer’s Disease. She qualified to be one of ten people in the world in the Flicker Study. Participants in the study are exposed to 40 Hz of light and sound on a daily basis for one hour.

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Cognitive Empowerment Program

6 mins

The Cognitive Empowerment Program at Emory Brain Health Center is designed for those impacted by cognitive impairment and their caregivers. For one year, twice a week, the group meets. The program combines research, clinical care, patient and caregiver support while empowering patients to take an active role in their health and wellness.

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Phyllis and Richard

8 mins

A neurologist for 42 years Dr. Richard Franco recognized the devastating symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in his wife Phyllis more than a dozen years ago. He left his practice and takes care of Phyllis full time and they show us that in spite of a disease marked by endless losses -- there is still beauty -- and love.