HBO DOCUMENTARIES - The Alheizmer's Project: Caregivers (broadcast premiere)
Alzheimer's, a fatal, irreversible and progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, takes a great toll on the physical and emotional well-being not just of the patient, but of the caregiver as well. It is estimated that there may be as many as five million Americans living with Alzheimer's, with about 70% of those cared for at home by family and friends. Overall, nearly ten million Americans provide 8.5 billion hours of unpaid care annually to people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Alzheimer's disease progresses differently in every person - survival time can be four to six years after diagnosis, or as long as 20 years. By the time someone with Alzheimer's enters the early-stage disease, they begin to need help. They need a caregiver.
THE ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT: CAREGIVERS, debuting TUESDAY, MAY 12 (7:00-8:00 p.m. ET/PT), is a collection of five family portraits that illustrate caring for different stages of Alzheimer's disease.
The three other documentaries in THE ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT are: "The Memory Loss Tapes," providing an up-close and personal look at seven individuals living with Alzheimer's, each in an advancing state of dementia ranging across the full spectrum of the disease; " ‘Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?' with Maria Shriver," capturing what it means to be a child or grandchild of one who has Alzheimer's; and the two-part "Momentum in Science," exploring the latest research advances.
While there is no cure for the disease, THE ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT shows there is now genuine reason to be optimistic about the future. Seeking to bring a new understanding of the disease, it features a four-part documentary series, 15 short supplemental films, a robust website and a nationwide community-based information and outreach campaign. A book by Public Affairs Books was developed by the producers as a companion to the project. 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.
THE ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT is presented by 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.