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10 Sep 2014

Alzheimer's YouTube video goes viral

The touching video has now been viewed over 6 million times

Alzheimer's Disease is one of the largest threats to public health. According to the Alzheimer's Society, one in six people aged 80 and over have dementia and 60,000 deaths a year are directly attributable to the disease.

On August 29th, Kelly Gunderson from Georgia, US, uploaded a conversation between herself and her 87-year-old mother to YouTube. Kelly's mother has Alzheimer's Disease and rarely recognises her daughter. After appearing confused at the beginning of the clip, in a moment of clarity Kelly's mother realises who she is talking to.

The touching video ends with the mother and daughter pair declaring their love for each other, Kelly visibily shocked at her mother recognising her. Now with over 6 million views, the video has shared the harsh realities of a loved on being effected by Alzheimer's Disease, which is especially important as September is World Alzheimer's Month.

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