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Review: 'The Alzheimer's Project'

May 8, 2009 |  6:00 am

Alzheimers “The Alzheimer’s Project” is an ambitious, disturbing, emotionally fraught and carefully optimistic four-part documentary exploring virtually every angle of Alzheimer's disease that can be explored on television. Interviewed and filmed by the same team that produced HBO's “Addiction” project, patients and their families, scientists and doctors, caregivers and advocates are all given an opportunity to speak, often with heartbreaking details of their lives and the impact Alzheimer's has had on them.

That this will resonate with millions of viewers is indisputable -- as many as 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's, and as the baby boomers age, some predict that number could more than double. That much of the documentary is difficult to watch is equally so, particularly the first part, which debuts on Sunday.

Read more: Review: 'The Alzeihmer's Project'

-Mary McNamara

Photo credit: HBO