Massachusetts Journalist With Alzheimer’s Discusses Life’s Challenges in Podcast

Massachusetts Journalist With Alzheimer’s Discusses Life’s Challenges in Podcast
All his life, Greg O’Brien has had a front-row seat for Alzheimer’s disease. Growing up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, he was the caregiver in a family of 10 children for his mother. His maternal grandfather and paternal uncle had Alzheimer’s, and his father was diagnosed with dementia and had prostate cancer. Years later, in 2009, a serious head injury unmasked the disease for O’Brien, who learned at age 59 he had early-onset Alzheimer’s. Just two weeks earlier, he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, which he chose not to treat. A veteran print journalist, O’Brien turned to writing — both as a strategy for coping with memory loss in daily life, and as a way to help others understand the disease. The words that poured out onto his ever-present laptop screen each day eventually filled 2,000 pages and turned into a book, "On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s.” “Shame on me,” O’Brien told Alzheimer’s News Today in a phone interview, “if I don’t write about this to give others hope until there is a cure.” O’Brien will share his insights as part of a new podcast called “
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