Producer, NPR’s Latino USA
As life expectancy increases and the U.S. population goes grayer, more people live longer with degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. This disease is not just tragic, it’s fatal. Right now Alzheimer’s in the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S; it affects more than 5 million Americans. Latinos have the highest risk of developing Alzheimer’s, but are least likely to acknowledge or talk about the disease. In this piece, we meet one family that’s been living with Alzheimer’s for almost two decades, as we examine the social and cultural factors that place special burdens on Latinos who are directly affected by the disease.
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