Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Hosts a Special Screening and Discussion of HBO's The Alzheimer's Project: "Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am"
|Thursday, 30 April 2009|
On May 6, 2009, Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove (BGCGG), with the collaboration of Acacia Adult Day Services, will host a free screening and discussion of HBO's The Alzheimer's Project, a 4-part, multi-platform series that brings new understanding and hope for millions and reveals human faces behind the disease. Since 54% of Americans are touched in some way by Alzheimer's, the goal of the project is to encourage individuals to learn more about the disease and the research being done.
BGCGG's program is free and open to the public, with complementary dinner and refreshments provided. The evening will unveil a special screening from the HBO documentary series featuring Maria Shriver called, "Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?" Geared towards 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.
Following the documentary, a panel of experts will lead a discussion on why Alzheimer's is the second most-feared illness in America behind cancer, and how it may affect as many as five million Americans. In fact, as Baby Boomers reach retirement, that number could soar to more than 11 million by 2040, and have a huge economic impact on America's already fragile healthcare system. "Despite the increasing number of people affected by Alzheimer's disease, the project is raising Americans' optimism and providing a reason to be hopeful for a cure," said Christina Sepulveda, Director of the ARCHES program at Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove. "Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove is eager to spread awareness of this project by equipping parents and children the resources and comfort they need in order to cope with this disease."
Families with children are encouraged to attend in order to find hope and gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding Alzheimer's. The event will be held at the H. Louis Lake Senior Center, located at 11300 Stanford Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840.