Mark the dates of May 10-12. During that three-day period, an important event is scheduled for caregivers, their loved ones who have Alzheimer’s, and others who are interested in this terrible disease -- HBO will launch “The Alzheimer’s Project,” created by the award-winning team behind HBO's acclaimed "Addiction" project.
The Alzheimer’s Project is a multi-platform series that focuses on the impact of the disease on a person and caregivers, as well as the groundbreaking discoveries being made in research labs across the country. The Alzheimer’s Project includes a four-part documentary series, 15 short supplemental films, a robust website, nationwide community-based information and outreach campaign, as well as a companion book. HBO will use all of its platforms, including the HBO main service, multiplex channels, HBO On Demand, HBO Podcasts, hbo.com, HBO Channel on YouTube, and DVD sales to support the project. In addition, all films will stream free of charge on hbo.com and will be offered for free on multiple platforms by participating television service providers.
The first part of the documentary series, entitled “The Memory Tapes,” focuses on seven people who are in different stages of the disease. This segment airs Sunday, May 10 at 9 p.m. EST.
The second part, entitled “Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? With Maria Shriver,” is based on the book that Shriver wrote, “What’s Happening to Grandpa?” In this segment, the lives of five children, ages 6-15, are chronicled as they interact with grandparents who have Alzheimer’s disease. This segment airs Monday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. EST.
The third part of the series (which includes two sections) is called, “Momentum in Science.” This portion describes the discoveries made by the scientific community. Part 1 airs Monday, May 11 at 8 p.m. EST while the second part can be viewed at 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 12.
The fourth and final segment focuses on “Caregivers.” Slated for 7 p.m. EST Tuesday, May 12, the documentary describes five portraits of people in the caregiving role.
In addition, 15 supplemental films are available on various topics. These include:
- Understanding and Attack Alzheimer’s
- How Far We Have Come in Alzheimer’s Research
- Identifying Mild Cognitive Impairment
- The Role of Genetics in Alzheimer’s
- Advances in Brain Imaging
- The Alzheimer’s Dilemma
- The Connection Between Insulin and Alzheimer’s
- Inflammation, the Immune System, and Alzheimer’s
- The Benefit of Diet and Exercise in Alzheimer’s
- Cognitive Reserve: What the Religious Orders Study is Revealing about Alzheimer’s
- Searching for an Alzheimer’s Cure: The Story of Flurizan
- The Pulse of Drug Development
- The DeMoe Family: Early-Onset Genetics
- The Nanney-Felt Family: Late-Onset Genetics
- The Quest for Biomarkers
More information on these supplementary films is available at HBO's Website.
Collaborators on The Alzheimer’s Project include the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes on Health, Alzheimer’s Association, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, and the Geoffrey Beene Gives Back Alzheimer’s Initiative.
I hope you’ll take the time to watch the four-par t documentary as well as to explore the supplementary films listed above. And tune back into HealthCentral’s site to share your thoughts about what you learn in the series.