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Dementia  The problems, solution and human toll

According to the Globe and Mail, the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is expected to double from half a million elderly Canadians to an estimated 1.1 million in the next 20 years.  The Globe and Mail Dementia Project documents the human toll of dementia by following families coping with the disease and individuals trying to find their way through memories that slowly drift away. The simple, powerful photography and heartbreaking audio interviews tell the story on a human level.

The articles on possible sources of the disease and how to diagnose early signs of dementia, plus features on prevention and treatment, make this story compelling reading.

Stoop sitting

Filmmakers Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante have crafted a meditation of sorts.  Not a slow, quiet meditation but a frenetic, time-lapse mediation that actually works very well.

Clouds flow across the skies as cars and birds flit about, and trees and bushes dance in accelerated motion as people “stoop sit.”  Stoop sitting involves watching cars go by as the sun moves across the sky.  It is a place to get to know neighbors, a place to fit in.  It is not busy, just relaxing.

An Alternative to the Streets

Prostitution is often a life surrounded by abuse, pain, addiction and all too  often, death. Last year, more than 1,100 prostitution and soliciting arrests were made in Nashville Tenn., and many of the women who were arrested were not first time-offenders. NPR reporter Jacki Lyden and photographer Stephen Alvarez explore an alternative to the streets, Madgalene, a rehab center for women with criminal histories of prostitution and drug addiction.  Madgalene claims to have a 75% success rate, and Lyden and Alvarez  follow the lives of some who may make it and others who may not.


This week marks the 25th anniversary of the explosion of Cherynobyl’s No. 4 nuclear reactor, a disaster that exposed millions of people to radiation when a huge cloud of radioactive dust was spread over much of Europe.

A news broadcast from two days after the Chernobyl explosion accompanies images shot by VII Photographer Gary Knight when he visited the Chernobyl site and other reactors in the former Soviet Union in 1999.

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