The Young And The Restless Teams Up With The Alzheimer's Association

A powerful new Y&R storyline shows how Alzheimer's Disease affects families.
Posted on Dec 8, 2017 | 11:00am

More than five million Americans live with Alzheimer's Disease, and that's why The Young and the Restless cast address the real-life issue in a new storyline.

Watch Peter Bergman discuss Alzheimer's Disease in the above CBS Cares PSA.

On a recent episode, the show partnered with the Alzheimer's Association on a powerful ongoing storyline about Alzheimer’s surrounding the character Dina (Marla Adams)—who was diagnosed with the disease—and her daughter, Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson).

The Dec. 8 episode features Ashley, who is confronted with the difficult realities of the progression of Alzheimer's when she realizes her mother has no recollection of the time they have spent together earlier in the day.

"The Young and the Restless has a long and proud tradition of addressing real-life issues that our audience connects with in their daily lives. Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects so many of our viewers," said executive producer and head writer Mal Young, who lost his mother to Alzheimer's.

"It's our intention not only to entertain and educate, but to provide support to our viewers by telling stories featuring characters they have grown to love and trust."

"We are grateful to The Young and the Restless for shining a light on Alzheimer's and its impact on people in the U.S. living with the disease and their families," said Beth Kallmyer, vice president of care and support for the Alzheimer's Association.

He added, "We hope that, through this storyline, viewers will learn more about the disease and its warning signs. No family should face Alzheimer’s alone, and we encourage all those impacted by the disease to reach out to the Alzheimer's Association for guidance, support and resources."

The Alzheimer’s Association has provided guidance in telling this story since it began earlier this year and will continue to partner with The Young and the Restless as it sensitively depicts the progression of Dina's disease.

Viewers can expect to see how Alzheimer's affects both the patient and her family, who serve as caregivers.

Go to alz.org to learn how to recognize the warning signs and symptoms of the disease and to find more information on caregiving and support.

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