Program Contents: 84 minute DVD
Copyright Date: 2009
AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY
AN HBO PRODUCTION
Puts a human face on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease as it profiles seven people, ages 63 to 87, at different stages of the illness.
Cases range from a woman fiercely holding onto her independence even as memory lapses make it harder and harder to do so, to a man who can no longer remember his family yet can still perform beautifully with a vocal group, to a woman who must be fenced in, literally, to keep her from wandering off her daughter’s property.
“We wanted to capture a sense of what it was to be inside the disease,” says filmmaker Shari Cookson. “You see…how everything you’ve learned and been in your life is stripped away—yet you still get these glimmers of the person.”