The Forgetting is a podcast that talks about and demystifies Alzheimer's disease. The twice-monthly show is co-hosted by two well-respected Alzheimer’s experts: David Shenk author of, “The Forgetting: Alzheimer’s, Portrait of an Epidemic;” and Greg O’Brien, author of, “On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s.” O’Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2009, at age 59. The podcast highlights the friendship Shenk and O’Brien share, while also documenting O’Brien’s experience with the disease as its symptoms become more pronounced. The earliest conversations date from 2015. Subsequent episodes of the podcast follow O'Brien's journey with the disease to the present day. The podcast is produced at WCAI in Woods Hole. Executive Producer: Sean Corcoran. Producer: Steve Junker
A Pandemic of Uncertainty
The Forgetting podcast: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s Greg and David swing from serious to jocular as they check in on each other during the pandemic. The two friends talk about people’s need for certainty in their lives. Dementia creates a lot of uncertainty, and the pandemic and the country’s politics have made it worse.
Living in a Movie
The Forgetting podcast: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s David Shenk and Greg O’Brien talk about the challenges that come with dealing with Greg’s dementia during the pandemic. Movies – including the classic Jaws – have helped Greg during some tough times, but he still grows weary from the challenges of daily life while dealing with the disease.
Beyond the Same Thing
The Forgetting podcast: Inside The Mind of Alzheimer’s Dealing with Alzheimer's amid the pandemic has particular challenges for patients and caregivers. Greg and David talk about isolation, rage, and coping.
Dementia in the Age of Coronavirus
The Forgetting: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s The world is getting a sense of the isolation, frustration and fear that Alzheimer patients and the people who care for them live with every day. David and Greg discuss how everyone’s lives have changed during this pandemic. Their hope is that people can develop a better understanding and empathy for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia from this shared experience.
All in the Family
The Forgetting podcast: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s Greg and David welcome special guest, actor David Hyde Pierce, who has personal experience with the disease, which touched both his father and his grandfather.
The Forgetting: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s, Season 2, Episode 3 Greg and David are both feeling melancholy as they talk about Greg’s problems keeping his balance. To add a bit of humor, Greg tells the story of falling off a treadmill and feeling like George Jetson.
Excellent podcast—both absorbing and important
Greg is a brave a brilliant storyteller of his story with Alzheimer’s, and the host is thoughtful and compassionate. I feel honored that Greg would chose to make this project for the world to know, as it will be a difficult examination of the Alzheimer’s experience as he knows it... hope others are as compelled by it as I am