The Truth About Dementia

Confirmed for BBC One on 19 May at 9pm to 10pm

Ep 1/1

Thursday 19 May



Seventy-one year-old presenter and Alzheimer's ambassador Angela Rippon investigates the disease that took her mother’s life and is now starting to affect her friends.

Setting out to explore one of the great scientific challenges of our time, Angela will discover what the latest scientific research from around the world is revealing about dementia - of which the most common form is Alzheimer’s.

In the UK, figures show that there are 850,000 people living with dementia – and by 2050 it is projected to exceed 2 million*.

In this informative and personal film, Angela will undergo a series of tests to discover if she has any early signs of Dementia and makes the difficult decision of whether to take a genetic test that could predict her future risk.

Along the way, Angela finds out some of the surprising ways we can help to protect ourselves. She discovers why getting a good night’s sleep could help prevent Alzheimer’s and how learning a new language might be more effective than any current drug treatment.

Angela visits a number of people who are living with the disease and also families that carry a gene for early onset Alzheimer’s - to discover how they could be our best hope of finding a cure for this devastating disease.

* Source - Alzheimers Research UK