“Determined: Fighting Alzheimer’s” premieres on NOVA April 6

Sterling Johnson
WRAP PI Sterling Johnson, PhD, is shown in a video still from Determined

We are thrilled to share the news “Determined: Fighting Alzheimer’s” will premiere on NOVA Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 8 p.m. CT on PBS. Watch a preview here.

Filmed over five years, DETERMINED is an independent documentary portraying the stories of three women and their decision to participate in Alzheimer’s disease research. The film features research participants and scientists at Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP).

Find out more on the PBS website.


Determined documentary film still
A film still from Determined.

The independent documentary portrays three women, Barb, Karen and Sigrid, who participate in the WRAP research study and return every two to three years to undergo a multidisciplinary oral cognitive test. This battery of questions looks for problems with their memory that could be a signal of their worst fear—the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Therese Barry-Tanner is a producer of the film and DETERMINED began as her idea in 2011. Barry-Tanner understands Alzheimer’s disease at an intimate level as a person who served as a caregiver for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease. She is also a WRAP Participant. She said she hopes DETERMINED will bring the audience through the emotional journey and difficult decisions made when a loved one lives with or dies from Alzheimer’s disease. She also hopes the film will share the experience of being a research participant and an inside look at the people working to find a cure. Most importantly, she wants to stimulate people to action that the film may inspire.

DETERMINED was previously titled Will I Be Next.  Read about the film on its website and follow their Facebook page  and Twitter Page for news and updates about how to view the film.