First Larry King special to focus on Alzheimer's


Having retired from daily television a few months back, Larry King will be back on CNN May 1st with his first primetime special. “Unthinkable: the Alzheimer’s Epidemic” will focus on “the disease of the 21st Century” as an estimated 5.4 million people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. 

In the first Larry King Special the veteran interviewer will be joined by people who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease — including interviews with former First Lady Laura Bush and California’s former First Lady and Alzheimer’s activist Maria Shriver; actors Seth Rogen, and  Angie Dickinson; TV host Leeza Gibbons; football star Terrell Owens and  son of President Ronald Reagan, Ron Reagan. Neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will explain what Alzheimer’s is and how this disease affects the human brain.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death across all ages in the United States, but many Americans still do not know much about this illness. The one-hour special, airing at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Sunday, May 1st, will look into Alzheimer’s disease, who gets it and why, the race to find effective treatments and a possible cure.

The special takes King to the Mayo Clinic and also the cutting-edge Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, and he will be joined by Ron Reagan. While there, one of them will take a brain scan that will indicate if he is at risk for Alzheimer’s or other memory disorders, and one will opt out.