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October 5, 2023

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Fonda Berosini
Disney Entertainment, Networks
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ABC Owned Television Stations To Present Alzheimer’s-Focused Special, ‘Our America: Unforgettable,’ Beginning Oct. 7

The ‘Our America: Unforgettable’ Special Is Part of the ABC Owned Television Stations’ Exclusive Programming in Support of Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month

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ABC Owned Television Stations in partnership with ABC News to present the one-hour special “Our America: Unforgettable” which offers an intimate look at the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease across Hispanic and Latino families. The special will make its linear debut Oct. 7 and will stream across ABC Owned Television Stations’ streaming platforms as well as on Hulu..

Special interviews and spotlights include the following:

  • Hispanics are 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanic white people to develop Alzheimer’s and other dementia with almost 57% believing that a significant loss of memory or cognitive abilities is a normal part of aging. Of the 6.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, Latinos in the U.S. living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will increase by more than five times within the next 40 years, the largest increase among racial and ethnic groups. By 2060, there will be 3.2 million Hispanic Americans living with the disease.
  • “Our America: Unforgettable” aims to explain and humanize Alzheimer’s by sharing a personal look into the lives of two families devastated by the disease. The Miranda family, originally from Puerto Rico, share their experiences and what it is like to take care of their once strong, hardworking traditional patriarch who is slowly slipping away because of the disease; and Aurora Ramirez, a Mexican American only child, became her mother’s caretaker overnight after receiving the diagnosis. Both families, whose lives were set on an unexpected path, are determined to educate themselves as well as the community about Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Viewers will hear from some of the leading experts working toward solutions in the dementia field and help explain the multitude of cultural barriers the community endures. Carmen Carrión, Psy.D., a neuropsychologist at Yale University, who conducts specialized evaluations and assessments for patients with suspected dementia; Maria Aranda, executive director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute of Aging; leading neurologist and dementia specialist Dr Zaldy Tan; and epidemiologist and neuroscientist Christian Salazar, Ph.D., who specializes in research focused on Latinos and clinical trials at UCI Mind (University of California, Irvine).

“Our America: Unforgettable” will air as follows across the eight ABC Owned Television Stations and on ABC’s award-winning Localish network, and will be captioned in Spanish and English and published on ABC7 en Español:

Saturday, Oct. 7
9:30 p.m. PDT             ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco
10:00 p.m. PDT           ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles

Sunday, Oct. 8
1:30 p.m. EDT             ABC7/WABC-TV New York
4:00 p.m. PDT             ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago

Monday, Oct. 9
8:00 p.m. EDT             ABC Localish

Saturday, Oct. 14
10:00 p.m. PDT           ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno
11:35 p.m. CST            ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston

Monday, Oct. 16
8:00 p.m. EDT             ABC Localish

Sunday, Oct. 29
12:30 a.m. EDT            6abc/WPVI-TV Philadelphia 
1:30 p.m. EDT             ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham

The ABC Owned Television Stations, which collectively reach 23% of households across all U.S. tThe ABC Owned Television Stations, which collectively reach 23% of households across all U.S. television, have made a commitment to producing high-impact content representing various voices within communities and newsrooms across the country. “Our America: Unforgettable” will aim to inform audiences about the complex challenges facing more than 6 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. Additional resources can be accessed through the Alzheimer’s Association website or by calling the helpline at (800) 272 -3900, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Episodes are available on the 24/7 streaming platforms, 32 connected TV apps across streaming platforms Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku and on Hulu.

About ABC Owned Television Stations 
The eight owned ABC stations are multiplatform leaders in local news and information. Collectively No. 1 across all U.S. television, reaching 23% of households and more than 34 million Total Viewers and 48 million digital visitors a month, with a record of 3.1 billion minutes streamed, the eight stations are comprised of WABC-TV New York, KABC-TV Los Angeles, WLS-TV Chicago, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, KGO-TV San Francisco, KTRK-TV Houston, WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and KFSN-TV Fresno. WABC-New York has remained the No. 1 station in the country for 19 years.

More information about ABC Owned Television Stations streaming channels can be found here: ABC7/WABC-TV New York, ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles, ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago, 6ABC/WPVI-TV Philadelphia, ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco, ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston, ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno.

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