Through The Looking Glass Of Alzheimer's

May 16, 2016

When Alzheimer's Disease led Dana Walrath to care for her mother Alice at home, Alice told Dana, "Promise me you will do something else when it gets too hard." The story of Alice's decline, and how it changed their family and social relationships is told in Walrath's new book, Aliceheimer's: Alzheimer's Through the Looking Glass.

Walrath is a artist, writer and a medical anthropologist — a field that examines disease through the lens of political, social and physical conditions. She marshaled all of these professional skills to navigate a very personal experience: her mother Alice's Alzheimer's Disease.

Walrath's new graphic memoir weaves images and essays to tell stories of the years she spent caring for Alice in her home. The book provide a unique perspective on Alzheimer's Disease, combining anthropology, art and medicine into storytelling and one families approach to coping with the illness.

Broadcast live on Monday, May 16, 2016, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.