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Sir Terry releases new dementia documentary

Sir Terry releases new dementia documentary
2nd February 2009

Sir Terry Pratchett is to speak of his battle with Alzheimer's disease in a new documentary.

To be aired in two parts later this month, the film will see the author learning about the work of scientists trying to find a cure for the disease.

Professor Simon Lovestone, the Alzheimer's Research Trust's scientific adviser says the author has helped in "bringing scientists and the public together in our fight against dementia. He has not only raised awareness of dementia research but also inspired many scientists working in the field".

Diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 59, the award-winning author will also investigate the stigma which is so commonly associated with the condition.

The Alzheimer's Society states that there are currently 700,000 people with dementia in the UK, with 15,000 of them of the younger generation.

It also estimates that delaying the onset of dementia by five years would decrease the number of deaths directly attributable to the disease by 30,000 every year.

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