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The Genius of Marian

THE GENIUS OF MARIAN is a visually rich, emotionally complex story that follows Pam White in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease as her son documents her struggle to retain her sense of self and family members grapple with their new roles as caregivers.

Director: Banker White, Anna Fitch
Year: 2013
Time: 86 min

 The Genius of Marian
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Share this film so that the millions of people whose lives are affected by Alzheimer’s might find solidarity and strength from Pam’s journey. Also, consider hosting a screening. Visit the film website to learn more.

Check out The Genius of Caring, the filmmaker’s outreach campaign to support caregivers.

Go to US Against Alzheimers and join those who are committed to stopping Alzheimers by 2020.

Participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and The Longest Day.

Learn all you can about Alzheimer’s, and do whatever you can to support those who are dealing with. It can be a lonely disease, but it doesn’t have to be.

Related Articles and Resources

Alzheimer’s documentary comes close to ‘Genius’

“In intimate, diary form, White borrows the title of his mother’s unfinished book to chronicle her battle against the inevitable, and the equally courageous efforts of her husband and children in caring for her. Their daily struggle will resound not only with those who face the same situation, but with all who must someday confront the inevitabilities of illness, loss, and grief.”

Read the full Boston Globe review.

US Against Alzheimer’s

Join those who are committed to stopping Alzheimer’s by 2020 by demanding that political, business and civic leaders devote the necessary resources to outcomes-oriented research and reform the drug industry that currently slows the development and availability of promising treatments.

Facts and Figures

Check out the Alzheimer’s Association’s latest Facts and Figures to learn more about this disease and it’s impact.

What happens when a beautifully sharp mind begins to unravel?

In this Oprah Magazine article, a journalist reflects on the Dark Descent of an Unlikely Victim into dementia. Beth’s former copy editor approaches her at a party and says, “I have dementia, in case you didn’t know!”

She didn’t know. In fact, she didn’t even recognize Lynn Forbish, the former longtime copy desk chief, whose reign of terror over young reporters and clunky sentences is legend.

Alzheimer’s is Expensive, Deadly and Growing. So Where’s the Research Money?

35 million people worldwide currently live with Alzheimer’s, and yet, the condition is grossly underfunded, reports Newsweek.

“This disease will be the defining medical condition of our generation—hopefully not the next generation,” says Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. “If we don’t get on top of it, it will bankrupt the health-care system.”

New Brain Health Registry Could Cut Time to Discover a Treatment for Alzheimer’s

A new online project led by researchers at UC San Francisco promises to dramatically cut the time and cost of conducting clinical trials for brain diseases.

Learn more here.

AFI Docs Review

Filmmaker Banker White’s love for his family and their efforts to combat Alzheimer’s from one generation to the next clearly motivates his storytelling technique. Read the full review on The Washingtonian.

Caregiving Tips: Strategies for Success

As Alzheimer’s progresses, the responsibility of caregivers increases dramatically. In THE GENIUS OF MARIAN, we see the enormous weight of responsibility that Pam’s husband carries each day.

Here are some practical tips for caregivers.


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