Saturday, May 2, 2009

THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT

If Alzheimer's has touched your life in any way, you know very well how devastating this disease can be. For the one affected and those around them. I wanted to bring awareness to The Alzheimer's Project. The below was sent to me through email.

THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT, A PIONEERING MULTI-PART, MULTI-PLATFORM SERIES BRINGING NEW
UNDERSTANDING AND HOPE FOR MILLIONS AND REVEALING HUMAN FACES BEHIND THE DISEASE, DEBUTS MAY 10 ON HBO

Maria Shriver Executive Produces With HBO’s Award-Winning “Addiction” Team

One of the most devastating forms of memory loss is Alzheimer’s disease, an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Today, Alzheimer’s is the second most-feared illness in America, following cancer, and may affect as many as five million Americans. As the baby-boom generation reaches retirement, that number could soar to more than 11 million by 2040and have a huge economic impact on America’s already fragile health care system.

While there is no cure for the disease, THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT shows there is now genuine reason to be optimistic about the future. Debuting May 10 on HBO and created by the award-winning team behind HBO’s acclaimed “Addiction” project, this multi-platform series takes a close look at groundbreaking discoveries made by the country’s leading scientists, as well as the effects of this debilitating and fatal disease both on those with Alzheimer’s and on their families.

The first of the four documentaries in THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT is “The Memory Loss Tapes” (debuting May 10), which provides an up-close and personal look at seven individuals living with Alzheimer’s, each in an advancing state of dementia across the full spectrum of the progression of the disease. “Momentum In Science” (May 11 and 12) is a two-part state-of-the-science film that takes viewers inside the laboratories and clinics of 25 leading scientists and physicians, revealing some of the most cutting-edge research advances. “ ‘Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?’ with Maria Shriver” (May 11) captures what it means to be a child or grandchild of one with Alzheimer’s, while “Caregivers” (May 12) highlights the sacrifices and successes of people who experience their loved ones’ descent into dementia.

THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT is a presentation of HBO Documentary Films and the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health in association with the Alzheimer’s Association®, Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund and Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® Alzheimer’s Initiative. The series producer is John Hoffman; the executive producers are Sheila Nevins and Maria Shriver.

For more information on THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT and Alzheimer’s Disease, go to HBO.com/alzheimers.

1 comment:

suZen said...

I'm glad to see more information will be making it out there so people can learn more about this disease. My mother-in-law had it for 7 yrs. and it was a hell I would not wish on anyone!

 
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