Meryl Comer: "Slow Dancing With A Stranger: Lost And Found In The Age Of Alzheimer's"

A woman, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, looks at an old picture on March 18, 2011 in a retirement house. - SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images

A woman, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, looks at an old picture on March 18, 2011 in a retirement house.

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Meryl Comer: "Slow Dancing With A Stranger: Lost And Found In The Age Of Alzheimer's"

Alzheimer's disease is considered one of today's most pressing and least understood health epidemics. Diane talks with Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist Meryl Comer about her husband's battle with the disease.

Alzheimer’s disease affects a reported 36 million people worldwide. But Meryl Comer had never heard of it when her husband was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 58. The award-winning journalist gave up her television career to take care of him at home -- for nearly two decades. In a new book, she details her life as a caregiver: the struggle to get a diagnosis, the emotional and financial hardships and the limitations of long-term facilities. She says public conversation about the disease should be about earlier diagnosis, so our brain span can match our lifespan. Diane talks with Meryl Comer about her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s.

Guests

Meryl Comer

Emmy award-winning reporter and Alzheimer's advocate

Watch: Meryl Comer On Her New Book

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Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer’s. Copyright © 2014 by Meryl Comer. Published by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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