Children's Artwork Helps Explain Alzheimer's Progression

Steve Adubato goes one-on-one with Kent Karosen, President and CEO of the Fischer Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, to discuss the book “Why Can’t Grandma Remember My Name?” which uses artwork from children and Alzheimer’s patients to explain the progression of the disease.

1/19/17 #2005






"We are joined by Kent Karosen, who is President and Chief Executive Officer of Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation. Good to see you Kent. Good to see you, Steve. And also, Managing Director and partner of Cantor Fitzgerald as well. Yeah, let's put things in perspective. Let's deal with that first. Sure. You survived 9/11? By about 30 seconds. Yes. Talk about it. So when I... I went to go vote, cause it was primary day, and there was a little bit of a queue, and when I pulled up, that's when the plane hit my building. Pulled up to the Trade Center? Yeah. And you lost how many of your coworkers? 658 coworkers. So what we've done... Howard Lutnick and our crew have... well, Howard mainly. We've... we've given over $300,000,000 to the family members, and we've given each year, we do charity day. So what we've done is we've take... we've taken a really bad day, and we've made it a good day, because we raise money throughout the world, this year I think it was like $12,000,000. $12,000,000? $12,000,000. We all give our money back, all of our salaries back and everything else. So we spread the wealth to other charities. And that's the way we make... it makes us feel cool. And warmhearted. You know, it's... hmm... it's been, as we move into 2017, we're taping this program at the end of 2016. You're still connected to many of those families, are you not? I am. I have since Oct... since 9/12, I was involved in helping the families heal as much as I could. And I do the memorial every year as well. So I haven't stopped. Right. And not going to let them down. Let's shift gears and talk about another important topic. Yes. You brought this book in? I did! Why Can't Grandma Remember My Name? Okay? So the organization that you're very much connected to, the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, dedicated to doing what? Alzheimer's research. What do we need to know about Alzheimer's research in terms of...? And I told you that this has directly affected not just my family, but millions of other families in this region and in this country. So if you... What do we need to know? If you look at, Steve, there's 5.3 million people that are affected directly by Alzheimer's. And if you do a multiple effect, meaning children of patients, it's about 22 million people in the country that are affected in the United States. What do you mean by that when you say the children? You're saying that those of us who have parents who are dealing with it, that we're affected? Or won't understand? Yeah. So it's..."