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Posted on: May 2, 2014

Films focus on Alzheimer’s caregiving

Families dealing with the prospect of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia face an uncertain future. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. Most families work diligently to provide for the needs of their loved one in their own home as long as possible.

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources will host free showings of two films that explore the dynamic of families coping with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Before and after the films, local service providers will be available to answer questions about the resources available to families in the area.

“Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch” tells the true store of Iris Murdoch. After decades of marriage, Iris begins experiencing forgetfulness and dementia, her husband struggles with his own hopelessness and frustration to become her caregiver. The theme of unconditional love is woven throughout. Stars Kate Winslet, Judy Dench and Jim Broadbent. The film will show Monday, May 12 at 6:15 p.m. at the Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett in Tacoma. RSVP required.

“A Song for Martin” focuses on Martin, a conductor and composer and Barbara, a concert violinist. They meet in middle-age and marry but soon after find out that Martin as Alzheimer’s Disease. The moving story is considered one of the most realistic depictions of caregiving on film. (Swedish film with English subtitles.) The film will show Monday, May 19 at 6:15 p.m. at the Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett in Tacoma. RSVP required.

“These films are two of the most notable productions that focus on Alzheimer’s,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources. “Our goal with these two showings is to provide hope and information that will enable people to better understand and appreciate all that goes into caring for people with this disease.”

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and is the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented.

The two films are free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested in advance by calling (253) 798-8787. Reserve for either event or both. The events are sponsored by Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources. For more information about the films, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Bob Riler, Community Connections
253-798-7384
briler@co.pierce.wa.us

Scott Kinney, Community Connections
253-798-4509
skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

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