As we move into the year 2012, it is a welcome sight to see such celebrities as Glen Campbell and Maria Shriver speak so openly and publicly about Alzheimer’s Disease and its effects on families. People all around the country appreciate when celebrities share their family stories about this and others diseases. Maria Shriver has gone public with her own personal accounts of confronting Alzheimer’s Disease with close family members. Shriver of course is the former First Lady of California and member of the Kennedy family. Shriver’s father, the well-known Sargent Shriver, was the first director of the Peace Corps and Ambassador to France. He battled Alzheimer’s for many years before passing away in early 2011. Maria not only has written and spoken extensively of watching her father deteriorate over time, but she is among the creative contributors and an executive producer of a new four-part HBO documentary entitled “THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT.” The multi-faceted series was produced by John Hoffman and is a presentation of HBO Documentary Films and the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health with assistance of such organizations as the Alzheimer’s Association. According to the HBO website, “While there is no cure for the disease, THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT shows there is now genuine reason to be optimistic about the future. …. [The] series takes a close look at groundbreaking discoveries made by the country’s leading scientists, as well as the effects of this debilitating and fatal disease both on those with Alzheimer’s and on their families.”
People interested in learning more about “THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT” are encouraged to visit the detailed website at www.hbo.com/alzheimers/ for additional information.
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