HBO Canada reveals the human faces behind Alzheimer's disease in HBO's new four-part documentary series



    
    - The Alzheimer's Project is executive produced by Maria Shriver
    - Premieres on HBO Canada on Sunday, May 10 at 9 p.m. ET/MT
    

    TORONTO, April 30 /CNW/ - HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral
Media's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie
Central (Western Canada), presents HBO's groundbreaking four-part series The
Alzheimer's Project, a collection of original documentaries that shed light,
understanding and optimism on the irreversible and progressive brain disorder
that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills.
    The first of the four documentaries The Memory Loss Tapes, provides a
first-hand account of Alzheimer's from the point of view of seven individuals
living with the disease. Momentum In Science is a two-part film that takes
viewers inside the laboratories and clinics of 25 leading scientists and
physicians. 'Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?' With Maria Shriver captures what
it means to be a child or grandchild of one with Alzheimer's, while Caregivers
highlights the sacrifices and successes of people who experience their loved
ones' descent into dementia.

    Below are detailed synopses for each documentary along with the HBO
Canada broadcast information:

    
    The Memory Loss Tapes
    Premieres Sunday, May 10 at 9 p.m. (day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.)
    

    This verité documentary profiles seven people living with Alzheimer's
disease, each in different advancing states of dementia across the full
spectrum of the illness. The documentary follows the emotionally gripping
stories of patients and caregivers including: a woman in a nursing home who no
longer recognizes her mirrored reflection; a father who can't remember his
family, but can still steal the spotlight when performing in public with a
local vocal group; a daughter who must build a fence around her farm to
prevent her mother from wandering off; and the onetime host of a kids' TV show
now suffering from the disease.

    
    'Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?' With Maria Shriver
    Premieres Monday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. (day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.)
    

    Based on the book What's Happening to Grandpa? by Maria Shriver, this
film tells five stories of children, ages 6 to 15, who are coping with
grandfathers or grandmothers suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Maria Shriver
provides commentary and delivers valuable lessons for the kids, urging them
not to blame themselves for what their grandparents do or say. Maria's
inspiration for the book came after her father, Sargent Shriver, was diagnosed
with the disease.

    
    Momentum In Science
    Part one airs Monday, May 11 at 8 p.m. and Part two airs Tuesday, May 12
    at 8 p.m. (day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.)
    

    Amidst the stories of heartbreak and despair involving Alzheimer's, there
is real reason for optimism. This two-hour, two-part documentary takes viewers
inside the laboratories and clinics of 25 leading scientists and physicians,
who are seeking to discover what can be done to detect and diagnose
Alzheimer's better, delay the onset of memory loss, affect the changes
occurring in diseased brains, and ultimately prevent Alzheimer's disease. Two
years in the making, the documentary travels coast-to-coast to explore this
complex disease which has no single cause, but develops from multiple factors
that interact over many years.

    
    Caregivers
    Premieres Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. (day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.)
    

    Seventy per cent of people with Alzheimer's live at home, cared for by
family and friends. Alzheimer's takes a great toll on the physical and
emotional well-being not just of the patient, but of the caregiver as well.
Caregivers is a collection of five portraits, each of which highlights the
sacrifices and successes made by people experiencing their loved one's gradual
descent into dementia.

    The documentary series will also be offered in high definition on HBO
Canada HD and will be available on The Movie Network OnDemand and Movie
Central On Demand following its network premiere.

    HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral Media's The Movie
Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western
Canada). HBO Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic
programs for which HBO is known, together with new and never-before-seen
programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events,
behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's extensive library - all in an
uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high
definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on demand where
available by service provider. For more information, please visit
www.hbocanada.com.

    The Movie Network is an Astral Media Television Network. Astral Media
(ACM.A/ACM.B) is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay
television, radio, outdoor advertising and iMedia.

    Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B/CJR), a
Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in
specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television,
advertising services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and
children's animation.

    For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit http://tv.astral.com or
http://mediacentre.corusent.com/mediacentre/home.asp





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: The Movie Network (Eastern
Canada), Nicolle Balen, (416) 956-8638, nbalen@tv.astral.com; Movie Central
(Western Canada), Owen McCorquodale, (416) 530-2249,
owen.mccorquodale@corusent.com

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