Get your tissues: ‘This Is Us’ returned tackling Alzheimer’s storyline

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(NBC Newschannel) — “This is Us” returns for its winter premiere tonight!

The fall finale left several plot lines dangling, including a big one with new parents Kate and Toby. When last we saw Kate and Toby storm clouds were gathering.

Things got worse when Kate accidentally found a text from one of Toby’s female CrossFit pals. So, now what? Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate, explains, “Well, now, we’re going to find out what’s really going on.”

That story’s added baby Jack into the mix. He is usually played by Wells Barnes, and occasionally his twin Poppy, even though they’re playing a child who’s blind, the twins who play baby Jack are not blind. And even as young as they are, “This Is Us” is not their first acting job!

Also, front and center among the story lines — the diagnosis of Rebecca’s memory issues. It’s something only Randall’s aware of among the siblings and Rebecca’s insistent on him keeping the news from Kevin and Kate. But ultimately, that’s going to take a toll on their relationships.

Rebecca is showing signs of memory problems and is apparently in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

That storyline is being watched — and supported — by Alzheimer’s awareness groups around the country.

Here at NBC4, we promote Alzheimer’s awareness and team up with the Central Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. NBC4’s Colleen Marshall will be at a women’s leadership meeting Wednesday.

And new numbers from the Alzheimer’s Association show 13 million American women are either living with Alzheimer’s or caring for someone who has the disease.

The numbers also show two-thirds of 6 million Americans who’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are women.

‘This is us’ airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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