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The Alzheimer’s Association Hosts Special Screening and Discussion

By Anynmous



May 20, 2009 – The Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter will host a series of special screenings and discussions of HBO’s THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT as part of a national effort to encourage individuals to learn more about the disease and the research being done, as well as to gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding it. {{more}} THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT is HBO’s 4-part, multi-platform series that brings new understandingand hope for millions and reveals human faces behind the disease. This pioneering documentaryseries shines a spotlight on the lives of individuals with Alzheimer’s and their families, and takes aclose look at the groundbreaking discoveries made by the country’s leading scientists as they work towards a cure.Each of the four segments explores a different facet of Alzheimer’s:Part 1, The Memory Loss Tapes, captures the devastating experience of memory loss from the point of view of the person with the disease. Bringing viewers into the quiet world of seven individuals living with Alzheimer’s, each in an advancing state of dementia, the film bears witness to what it’s like to slowly succumb both mentally and physically to the disease. Part 2, Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? With Maria Shriver, is geared to help children and young teens understand and deal with a relative’s gradual decline into Alzheimer’s. Maria Shriver, whosefather was diagnosed with the disease, provides commentary and guidance through five insightfullessons. Part 3, Momentum in Science, details the current explosion of knowledge within the scientific and medical communities – from imaging the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s, to understanding the roles that genetics and lifestyle might play, to the tremendous progress being made in the effort to develop drugs to treat or even prevent the disease.Part 4, Caregivers, is a collection of five family portraits that illustrate caring for those in differentstages of Alzheimer’s disease. Each highlights the sacrifices, struggles, and successes madeby those experiencing their loved ones’ descent into dementia.The special screenings are scheduled for the following dates and times in the Women’s Center of Abilene Regional Medical Center, 6250 Hwy 83/84, Abilene:The Memory Loss Tapes – Tuesday, June 9, 2009 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am With Maria Shriver – Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.Momentum in Science – Tuesday, August 11, 2009 – 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Caregivers – Tuesday, September 15, 2009 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The programs are free and open to the public. In addition, on-site respite care will be offered through the Area Agency on Aging and Windcrest Alzheimer’s Care Center. To sign up for respite assistance, contact the Area Agency on Aging at 325-672-8544 or 1-800-928-2262. The deadline for respite sign-up will be at noon on the Thursday prior to each screening.

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