Intimate Documentary Portrays Family's Struggles with Alzheimer's

Sep 4, 2014

Alzheimer’s is a disease that robs people of their memories, language, judgment, and personalities. It’s an incurable form of dementia that is most often diagnosed in patients over the age of 65. The Genius of Marian is an intimate, heartbreaking portrait of one woman losing herself to Alzheimer’s and the toll it takes on her family. The documentary airs on SDPB1 Television Monday, September 8 at 9 pm (CT)/8 pm (MT).

Banker White and his mother, Pam White
Credit Banker White

Pam White was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s a year after she began writing a biography of her late mother, New England painter Marian Williams Steele, who had died of Alzheimer’s in 2001. The story of Pam White and her struggle with Alzheimer’s is told by her son, San Francisco filmmaker Banker White, who returned to his family’s home in Massachusetts in 2009 after her mother was diagnosed with the disease. Banker White joined Dakota Midday to discuss the film.

In connection with the Monday broadcast of The Genius of Marian, Banker White is launching an interactive story sharing website about caregiving and Alzheimer's. For more information, click here.