“Kapsambelis skillfully interweaves the quest to conquer Alzheimer’s with the saga of a few families at the center of the latest research. … The Inheritance is a portrait of the DeMoes’ experience as both Alzheimer’s sufferers and research subjects.”
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Every sixty-nine seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Of the top ten killers, it is the only disease for which there is no cure or treatment. For most people, there is nothing that they can do to fight back. But one family is doing all they can.
The DeMoe family has the most devastating form of the disease that there is: early onset Alzheimer’s, an inherited genetic mutation that causes the disease in 100 percent of cases, and has a 50 percent chance of being passed onto the next generation. Of the six DeMoe children whose father had it, five have inherited the gene; the sixth, Karla, has inherited responsibility for all of them. But rather than give up in the face of such news, the DeMoes have agreed to spend their precious, abbreviated years as part of a worldwide study held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Alzheimer Disease Research Center that could utterly change the landscape of Alzheimer’s research and offers the brightest hope for future treatments—and possibly a cure.
Drawing from several years of in-depth research with this charming and upbeat family, Pittsburgh journalist Niki Kapsambelis tells the story of Alzheimer’s through the humanizing lens of these ordinary people made extraordinary by both their terrible circumstances and their bravery. Their tale is intertwined with the dramatic narrative history of the disease, the cutting-edge research that brings us ever closer to a possible cure, and the accounts of the extraordinary doctors spearheading these ground-breaking studies about one of the most pervasive and mysterious pandemics of our time.
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
A book signing will follow the lecture. The author’s current book will be available for sale from Classic Lines.