The College of Charleston Friends of the Library will present a discussion of Alzheimer’s Disease with writer/journalist Niki Kapsambelis on Oct. 11, 2017. The discussion will be held at 6 p.m. in Addlestone Library (Room 227) located at 205 Calhoun St. The event is free and open to the public.

Niki Kapsambelis

Kapsambelis is the author of The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease. The book tells the story of the DeMoe family and their fight against early onset Alzheimer’s. The story looks at how that family has lost members of three generations to Alzheimer’s, typically before age 60.

But rather than give up in the face of such loss, the DeMoes have agreed to spend their precious, abbreviated years as part of a worldwide study that could 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 family, 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.

Kapsambelis was born and raised in Boston and worked as a newswoman for the Associated Press in New England, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and People magazine. She lives in Pennsylvania.

Joining Kapsambelis at the talk will be College of Charleston psychology professor Cindi May, whose expertise is in human cognition, aging and intellectual disability.

A question and answer period and a book-signing will follow the presentation.