Hall of Fame to Host Screenings of HBO’s The Alzheimer’s Project in October and November

Documentary Series Will Be Followed by Discussion About Research, Treatment

October 13, 2010

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The National Baseball Hall of Fame will host special screenings of HBO's The Alzheimer's Project throughout October and November as part of a national discussion 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.

Each program begins with a special screening from the HBO documentary series, followed by a discussion led by Ann Thayer of the Alzheimer's Association. The event is free and open to the public.

The Alzheimer's Project is HBO's 4-part, multi-platform series that brings new understanding and hope for millions and reveals human faces behind the disease. This pioneering documentary series shines a spotlight on the lives of individuals with Alzheimer's and their families, and takes a close look at the groundbreaking discoveries made by the country's leading scientists as they work toward a cure.

Programs will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Museum's Bullpen Theater, and patrons should use the Library Atrium entrance. To register for the program in advance or for more information, call the Alzheimer's Association 607-547-1650. The schedule includes:

October 26
The Memory Loss Tapes – This 90 minute documentary 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 patients living with Alzheimer's, each in an advancing state of dementia and ranging across the full spectrum of the disease, the film bears witness to what it's like to slowly lose one's mind.

November 2
Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? – Geared toward children and young teens coping with a grandparent's illness, this film presents vignettes that can help a child understand and deal with a relative's gradual decline into Alzheimer's. Maria Shriver, whose father was diagnosed with the disease, provides commentary and guidance through five insightful lessons.

November 9
Momentum in Science, Part 1 –
Two years in the making, 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.

November 16
Momentum in Science, Part 2 – Two years in the making, 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.

November 30
Caregivers – A collection of five family portraits that illustrate caring for those in different stages of Alzheimer's disease. Each highlights the sacrifices, struggles, and successes made by those experiencing their loved ones' decent into dementia.

The Alzheimer's Project was created by the award-winning team behind HBO's acclaimed Addiction project and is presented by HBO Documentary Films in association with the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer's Association®, The Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund, and Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® Alzheimer's Initiative. The series is Produced by John Hoffman and Executive Produced by Sheila Nevins and Maria Shriver.

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