On Thursday evening, April 24, the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., played host to the big screen debut of A Quick Look at Alzheimer’s. A crowd of more than 120 people came out to the event, which was sponsored by the Alliance, for good food, networking and, most importantly, Alzheimer’s disease awareness.
A Quick Look at Alzheimer’s is a series of five short animated films offering a brief, but comprehensive, overview of this disease. They were created by David Shenk, the author of The Forgetting, in collaboration with the Alliance and with a grant from the MetLife Foundation. Since these films have been launched, they’ve reached people all over the globe and have been translated into 14 languages (and counting).
The screening kicked off with a welcome by Alliance founder Dan Perry, who also introduced the first short film, What Is Alzheimer’s Disease? Additional guest presenters included Shenk, Steven T. DeKosky, M.D., professor of Neurology and Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine, and Gail Gibson Hunt, president & CEO, National Alliance for Caregiving. In keeping with the international flavor of the evening, the films were subtitled in French. The presenters also answered questions about the topics addressed in the films.
Before and after the screening, the participants enjoyed a selection of hor d’oeuvres and desserts courtesy of the embassy. We send a warm thank you to the French Embassy for hosting our event.
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These films are available to watch here. We also encourage you to use them for your education efforts.