About the Special

A vibrant 45-year-old woman finds herself increasingly struggling to remember familiar tasks, uncertain why her memory is fading away.


To Not Fade Away is a follow-up to the Emmy Award-winning documentary Not Fade Away, which followed the story of Marie Vitale, a middle-aged woman stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. In this updated version, RLTV revisits Vitale and her family five years after the initial diagnosis to see how their lives have changed.


The documentary also looks at Alzheimer’s impact on well-known Americans such as Glen Campbell, Pat Summitt, Maria Shriver and Senator Jay Rockefeller. Either they or their loved ones have been afflicted with the disease.


Equally important, this original program from RLTV shares some of the latest findings in the search for answers. Highlights include the groundbreaking work at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with Pittsburgh Compound B, which now enables researchers to see Alzheimer’s pathology in the brains of living patients. Also discussed is research underway at the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute that shows promising results in reversing the effects of the disease.


Age continues to be the biggest risk factor in getting Alzheimer’s. With the leading edge of the baby boomer generation now turning 65, there is no time to waste in solving this illness.


There is reason for hope, and experts believe there are steps we can take now to prevent the loss of cognitive functioning later in life. Find out what you can do to keep your memory from fading away.