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Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Jason Karlawish for The Problem of Alzheimer's

*Offsite
Monday, May 24, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Part case studies, part meditation on the past, present and future of the disease, The Problem of Alzheimer's: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It traces Alzheimer’s from its beginnings to its recognition as a crisis. While it is an unambiguous account of decades of missed opportunities and our health care systems’ failures to take action, it tells the story of the biomedical breakthroughs that may allow Alzheimer’s to finally be prevented and treated by medicine and also presents an argument for how we can live with dementia: the ways patients can reclaim their autonomy and redefine their sense of self, how families can support their loved ones, and the innovative reforms we can make as a society that would give caregivers and patients better quality of life.

In 2020, an estimated 5.8 million Americans had Alzheimer’s, and more than half a million will die of the disease and its devastating complications. 16 million caregivers are responsible for paying as much as half of the $226 billion annual costs of their care. As more people live beyond their seventies and eighties, the number of patients will rise to an estimated 13.8 million by 2025. Dr. Jason Karlawish will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss his new book, The Problem of Alzheimer's with Dorothy Farrar Edwards, co-lead of the All of Us Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Join the event at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/wbf-problem-alzheimers.