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When it premiered in 2004, THE FORGETTING: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s reached over 11 million television viewers and won a Primetime Emmy Award. In 2008, with additional support from MetLife Foundation, it was rebroadcast and reached a significant new audience. At that time, the website was redesigned and updated and a new half-hour follow-up panel discussion with David Hyde Pierce was produced.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have experienced Alzheimer’s for the first time. And with all the changes that have occurred in the media landscape, THE FORGETTING, with all of its ancillary web content, remains a valuable resource.

New online tools are available to help people find, experience, learn from and engage with others around information and content about Alzheimer’s. Among the new tools at our disposal are the PBS Video Portal and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. All of these have come into their own since The Forgetting was last broadcast in 2008, and until now, the program and potential new audiences have not benefitted from the availability of THE FORGETTING documentary and materials in these now widely used spaces.

tpt National Productions has produced new content about Alzheimer’s disease to include on the THE FORGETTING's website . These videos include: “Is It Alzheimer’s?”, a 20-minute video to educate on symptoms; a segment on early onset Alzheimer’s, featuring Mary Ann Becklenberg, which aired within our Life (Part2) series; and new insightful, firsthand stories about memory loss captured at the MN-ND Alzheimer's Association Twin Cities Memory Walk.

For new video content, please visit PBS.org/TheForgetting.

Major funding for THE FORGETTING: Portrait of Alzheimer’s is provided by MetLife Foundation, Public Television Viewers and PBS.

Heidi Van Heel

Outreach, Promotions & Station Relations Specialist
National Productions, Twin Cities Public Television
Email: hvanheel@tpt.org
Phone: 651.229.1436
Fax: 651.229.1570

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