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The Alzheimer's Project: A 4-Part Documentary Series

The National Institute on Aging/NIH is collaborating with HBO Documentary Films in presenting The Alzheimer’s Project, a multi-platform (television, web, DVD, and print) public health series which takes a look at groundbreaking scientific discoveries and seeks to bring a wider public understanding of Alzheimer's disease research and care.

The Alzheimer’s Project is centered on a four-part documentary film series -- on science and research, children touched by Alzheimer’s, and two films focused on people with the disease and their caregivers. The series debuts May 10-12 on HBO. All films will stream free of charge on www.hbo.com/alzheimers and will be offered for free on multiple platforms by participating television service providers.

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Films and more

The four documentaries are:

THE ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT: THE MEMORY LOSS TAPES - provides an up-close and personal look at seven individuals living with Alzheimer’s

THE ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT: MOMENTUM IN SCIENCE - a two-part state-of-the-science film takes viewers inside the laboratories and clinics of 24 leading scientists and physicians, revealing some of the most cutting-edge research advances

THE ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT: 'GRANDPA, DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?' WITH MARIA SHRIVER - captures what it means to be a child or grandchild of one who suffers

THE ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT: CAREGIVERS - highlights the sacrifices and successes of the people who experience their loved ones’ descent into dementia

The Project also includes:

  • 15 short films featuring interviews with scientists involved in research
  • The Alzheimer's Project website (www.hbo.com/alzheimers) featuring the films, information resources, and interactive channels
  • Alzheimer's Tribute Wall on Facebook (www.alzheimerstributewall.com)
  • a companion book, The Alzheimer’s Project: Momentum in Science, published by Public Affairs Books

NIA provided scientific and technical guidance to the films and other aspects of the Project. Other collaborators include:

The Alzheimer’s Association

The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

The Geoffrey Beene Gives Back Alzheimer’s Initiative


Education and Outreach Campaign

Poster of the projectAlong with the films and other materials, HBO, NIA, the Alzheimer’s Association and other collaborators will lead an education and outreach campaign to bring wider understanding about research in Alzheimer’s disease and greater knowledge of resources for caregivers.

The Project will be offering DVDs of the films to thousands of communities nationwide, providing viewer discussion guides, information resources, and practical details about hosting a community event to promote education and discussion about Alzheimer’s on a local level. Click here for more information and materials you can use in your community.

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Page last updated May 01, 2009