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CNN Presents (May 1, 2011): A Larry King Special on "Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic"
On Sunday, May 1st, CNN will air the first Larry King special, premiering at 8pm ET/PT and will be titled "Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic." It's being called the disease of the 21st century as an estimated 5.4 million people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. It is the sixth-leading cause of death across all ages in the United States, but many Americans still do not know much about this illness. The one-hour special will look into Alzheimer's disease, who gets it and why, the race to find effective treatments and a possible cure.
King will be joined by people who have been touched by Alzheimer's disease and will include interviews with First Lady Laura Bush and California's former First Lady and Alzheimer's activist Maria Shriver, actors Seth Rogen, and Angie Dickerson; TV host Leeza Gibbons; football star Terrell Owens and son of President Ronald Reagan, Ron Reagan. Neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will explain what Alzheimer's is and how this disease affects the human brain.
Seth Rogen, talks to King about supporting his fiancee and her family as they deal with her mom's early diagnosis at the age of fifty-five. He wants the world to know this is a young person's problem too, "More and more people in our generation are gonna have to deal with it," Rogen said. "We're dealing with it before most people have to," he tells King. "But as you get older and you see it happening to your parents, and ultimately realize it could happen to yourself and your friends, it becomes much more real and not some imaginary old person problem, you know?"