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First person: Longtime journalist documents his struggles with Alzheimer’s




Social worker Nuria Casulleres shows a portrait of Audrey Hepburn to elderly men during a memory activity at an elderly home specializing in Alzheimer patients.
Social worker Nuria Casulleres shows a portrait of Audrey Hepburn to elderly men during a memory activity at an elderly home specializing in Alzheimer patients.
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Greg O’Brien spent 35 years working in the news industry, as a writer, editor, investigative reporter and publisher.

In 2009, at the age of 59, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. And since, he has been tirelessly documenting the toll the unforgiving disease has taken on him. Those endless pages of notes and reflections culminated in the book, “On Pluto,” which came out in 2014.

Now two years later, O’Brien has published an article in the Washington Post that continues his dialogue with public.

O’Brien speaks with Patt Morrison about this difficult journey, and how he’s managed to remain hopeful in the face of the illness.

Guests:

Greg O'Brien, the author of "On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's" (Codfish Press, 2014) and a patient-advocate for the Alzheimer's Association. His recent piece in the Washington Post is titled “I’m documenting my own Alzheimer’s disease while I still can

Zaldy S. Tan, MD, MPH,  Medical Director, Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program, and Associate Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA