Program for Sunday, June 20, 2021
“If you’re trying to understand what it feels like to live with Alzheimer’s . . . then you need to read this book.” — Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice
Career journalist Greg O’Brien joins us again after first telling us his moving story several years ago. In On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s, O’Brien used his skills as an investigative reporter to chronicle the progression of his own disease. On Pluto has won the Beverly Hills International Book Award for Medicine, the International Book Award for Health, was an Eric Hoffer International Book Award finalist, as well as a finalist for USA Best Book Awards. It has been translated into Mandarin for distribution in China, into Italian for distribution in Italy, and a foreign edition is distributed in India. In his presentation, O’Brien will update us on his courageous battle with the disease and what he has learned during his difficult journey.
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Greg O’Brien was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease several years ago, after a series of brain scans and clinical tests, and after serious head traumas that doctors say unmasked a disease in the making. He has used his research and reporting skills to increase understanding and acceptance of the condition and to advocate for dementia-friendly policies and environments. With New York Times best-selling author David Shenk, he co-hosts the podcast, “The Forgetting,” produced and distributed by WGBH-TV in Boston and NPR. O’Brien also serves on the Board of Directors of the distinguished UsAgainstAlzheimer’s in Washington, DC, is an advocate for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund of Boston, and has served on the national Alzheimer’s Association Advisory Group for Early Onset Alzheimer’s.