New WRAL Documentary Goes Inside the World of Alzheimer’s
Airs Thursday June 16 at 7:00pm
Her family has always called eighty-year old Lois Shoolbred, Lo Lo. For most of her life she was a charismatic career woman who worked in television and traveled the world organizing star-studded events with celebrities like Tony Bennett and Robert Plant. Now Lo Lo is being ravished by Alzheimer’s, an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. A new WRAL documentary offers a rare, intimate portrait of a family struggling with Alheimer’s. “Lo Lo” airs Thursday, June 16 at 7:00pm on WRAL-TV.
Lo Lo’s son, Dave Simpson invited WRAL News reporter Cullen Browder into his world to see the impact of Alzheimer’s on his mother and the rest of his family. WRAL spent hours capturing intimate moments with Lo Lo and the Simpson’s. The documentary shows the sadness of Lo Lo forgetting her own family members’ names, rambling incoherently and becoming confused, angry and agitated. It also reveals her family’s courage as they accept the consequences of this insidious disease and embrace Lo Lo’s struggle with laughter and love.
Statewide broadcast schedule:
- WRAL-TV, Raleigh, Thursday, June 16, 7:00pm
- WILM-TV, Wilmington, Thursday, June 16, 7:00pm
- WRAZ-TV, Durham, Sunday, June 26, 2:30pm
- WJZY-TV. Charlotte, Sunday, June 19, 11:05pm
- WMYT-TV, Charlotte, Sunday, June 26, 8:00pm
The documentary will also be available for on-demand viewing after the premiere television broadcast on June 16 at www.wral.com. Search: wral doc
To watch a preview of the program:
- Twitter: @WRALdoc
- Facebook: WRAL Documentary
Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Debbie Tullos for this capcom story & graphic.