Quirks and Quarks

The End of Memory

Science writer Jay Ingram discusses his new book about Alzheimer's disease.
(US National Institutes of Health)
Alzheimer's is a debilitating and cruel disease that robs people of their memories, then their dignity, and ultimately, their lives. And as more Canadians live longer, more of them will get the deadly disease. In fact, today Alzheimer's affects up to 10% of people over 65, and about 50% of those over 85, with no cure in sight.

So what can researchers do to slow its progression, and perhaps prevent it from developing in the first place? 

In his new book, The End of Memory: A Natural History of Aging and Alzheimer's, science journalist and former Quirks host Jay Ingram searches for answers.

Related Links

- Publisher's page for The End of Memory
Maclean's magazine feature