Four animated videos were recently released online in an effort to inform the public about Alzheimer's Disease and the various issues that can accompany it.
The informative short films are available for free at www.aboutalz.org and features actor David Hyde Pierce, from the television show "Frasier," as the narrator.
"Helping your family, friends and neighbors to better understand Alzheimer's reduces stigma, improves care, and even helps the fight for a cure," says Pierce in the video.
The self-described "pocket films," due to their portability, can be streamed online or downloaded for various devices. Some of the video titles are "What is Alzheimer's Disease?" and "The Race to the Cure."
Filmmaker David Shenk urges individuals to freely take the videos so they can show them to as many people as possible.
"Until we can stop Alzheimer's, we need to do whatever we can to help people understand it better," writes Shenk on the website.
Recently, St. Louis University researchers reversed the symptoms of Alzheimer's in mice with a new process that gets drugs past the brain's protective barrier. There are currently an estimated 5.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease.