Jun 25, 2010 12:30 PM by KRTV News (Great Falls)

CBS News' Barry Petersen visits Great Falls for Alzheimer's talk

CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen visited Great Falls on Thursday and Friday to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease via his book "Jan's Story...Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer's."

In 2005, Petersen's wife Jan was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheiemer's at the age of 55. His book chronicles the early stages of her disease, his decision to hire a live-in caregiver, and eventually place Jan in an assisted living facility.

Petersen, who graduated from Sidney High School, will be speaking about Alzheimer's on Friday at a symposium presented by the McLaughlin Research Institute. He participated in a book-signing on Thursday evening.

Petersen will be a guest on an upcoming edition of Face The State on Montana's News Station.

Visit Petersen's website to learn more.

Here's more information about Petersen from CBS News:

Barry Petersen has been called one of CBS News’ most experienced correspondents, having reported on everything from wars and natural disasters to Paris fashions, Welsh choirs and the return of American Jazz to Shanghai, China. His stories have been datelined from virtually every continent in a career that spans more than three decades.

He has interviewed the famous and the infamous, including Hollywood stars Jimmy Stewart, Bill Cosby, Pierce Brosnan and Sir Anthony Hopkins, leaders of the Bosnian war who were later tried as war criminals, and the President of the South Seas nation of Kiribati, who showed up for the interview barefooted.

Petersen wrote his first book, "Jan’s Story: Love lost to the long goodbye of Alzheimer's" that will be published in June, 2010, about the struggle he shared with his wife, Jan Chorlton, who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2005 and is now in an assisted living facility. Jan was also a CBS News journalist, reporting from both Japan and the former Soviet Union for CBS Radio, CBS Sunday Morning and the CBS Weekend News.

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