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Alzheimer’s on Long Island: About this project

For nearly two years, reporter Denise M. Bonilla and photographer J. Conrad Williams Jr. followed six families in order to chronicle the agony of Alzheimer’s disease and to provide an inside look at the role of the caregiver.

The families all have different circumstances and loved ones at different stages of the disease.

On many occasions, Bonilla and Williams arrived at the families’ homes early in the morning, often leaving late at night, as they observed the hour-to-hour, day-to-day struggles of caring for someone with a disease so debilitating it robs its victims of any knowledge of a life once happily lived.

The stories Bonilla wrote and Williams photographed are as much love stories as they are stories of hardship and struggle.



The online project

Lead Editor: Jamshid Mousavinezhad

Lead Developer: David Holland

Creative Manager: Michael Aguggia

Lead Designer: Matthew Cassella

Designers: Ray Shahriar, Matthew Hogeboom

Copy Editors: Martha Guevara, Rosemary Olander, Liisa May

Interactive producers: Adam Abramson, Amy Larson

Photo Editor: Jeff Schamberry

Multimedia Editor: Arnold Miller

Video editors and researcher: Brendan Awerbuch, Daryl Thomen, Susan Elder Editor: Emilio Guerra

Associate Managing Editor: Jonathan McCarthy

Data input: Kathy Diamond, Dorothy Levin, David Cassidy, Laura Mann, Iris Quigley, Judy Weinberg, Ann Smukler, Mary Beth Foley

Graphics and Science: Rod Eyer, Delthia Ricks

Interns: Bobby Bonett, Anastasia Economides

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>>MULTIMEDIA: Click here to see videos, interactive graphics, more stories of Alzheimer's patients and caregivers, timelines and more

>>RESOURCES: Click here to search our guide for Alzheimer's groups, topics and Web sites

>>EMAIL: Give us your feedback at



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