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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted schools across the country and teachers are stepping up.

Next time on The Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from a teacher’s union leader and an educator about how programs are adapting.

We’ll also hear how the pandemic is affecting Alzheimers patients, and spend an Academic Minute fishing for a cure for Parkinson’s.

I’m Bob Barrett, that’s this week on The Best of Our Knowledge.

We can accumulate a lifetime of knowledge and lose it all to Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers continue to look for ways to combat this loss.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to a pair of researchers who are taking two very different approaches to Alzheimer’s disease.

We’ll also hear from the Alzheimer’s Association…and spend an Academic Minute studying a population of healthy agers.

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Dementia can take a life of learning and memories and toss them away forever. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about dementia with the Alzheimer’s Association and a physician who became a caregiver.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute with the science of learning.

Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York presents artist Maryna Bilak: CARE, an exhibition documenting the unseen process of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s — in this case, the artist’s mother-in-law, Dorothy.

Through charcoal drawings, fresco, sculpture, and painting, Bilak’s installation delves into the different roles that the act of caretaking requires from each person involved, including the patient herself. The exhibition opens with a reception with the artist on February 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring a performance of an original song composed for the exhibition by Memphis-based pianist Michael Jaynes. The piece is inspired by Jaynes’ own experience caring for his mother, also an Alzheimer’s sufferer. Molly McCann, Associate Director of Programs and Services: Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, at the Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern New York will also be speaking. 

We welcome artist Maryna Bilak and Molly McCann.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Beth Smith-Boivin, the Executive Director and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York Chapter, about the Walk To End Alzheimer's happening Saturday, September 22nd, at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.