Living With Alzheimer's Film Project Winners Announced

The Takeaway

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In 2015, an estimated 5.3 million Americans were living with Alzheimer's disease. Globally, the number is much higher—around 44 million. Alzheimer's spares no country or culture.

We know it's hugely expensive and emotionally taxing to be a caregiver, a family member, or friend of someone with dementia. Because of the sheer numbers of people who experience dementia firsthand or through a loved one, David Shenk created the Living with Alzheimer's Film Project. The project aims to raise the level of awareness and conversation around the disease in the United States. 

David announced the project on The Takeaway back in 2013, so it seemed fitting that he would join us again, to announce the winners of the project's first inaugural short film competition. The grand prize goes to Eric Latek, who directed "Anna." Check out the winning submission below.

Runners up in the  Living with Alzheimer's Film Project include director Ana Lorenz's "Algo Queda (Something Remains)," and director Amanda Kowalski's "Crest of the Hill." The Young Filmmaker Prize goes to "Don't You Forget," directed by Thomas Bryan.