About the Series

Welcome to LivingWithAlz.org, featuring four short new documentaries about how families persevere in the face of Alzheimer's disease

More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's or a related dementia – roughly 35 million worldwide. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only one of those six still on the rise. While scientists work feverishly to stop it, there is much to be done for families right now.  With funding from MetLife Foundation and in partnership with Cure Alzheimer's Fund, we recruited four world-class filmmakers to bring us true-life stories about how individuals and families cope.

David Shenk Series Creator & Executive Producer


 Our Filmmakers


Naomi Boak is an Emmy Award-winning producer who most recently served on the national production team at Twin Cities Public Television (TPT). She now makes independent films and consults on media in New York City.


Megan Mylan is a New York-based documentary filmmaker whose work has been recognized with an Academy Award®, Emmy nominations, an Independent Spirit Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.


Steve James is best known as the producer-director of “Hoop Dreams,” winner of every major critics prize of 1994, as well as the Directors Guild of America Award, and the Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards.


Roger Ross Williams directed and produced “Music by Prudence,” which won the 2010 Academy Award® for documentary short subject. He is the first African American to win an Oscar® for directing and producing a film, short or feature.


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