For an older adult, the decision to stop driving is never an easy one. Driving is the hallmark of personal independence and a symbol of individual freedom. In many cases, there are health issues involved that make driving dangerous, so the choice to stop may be more challenging.
Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources continues the Images of Aging film series with a free screening of “Driving Miss Daisy.” The movie will be shown on Nov. 9, at the Grand Cinema, located at 606 Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the film begins at 10:45 a.m. Tickets are free but must be obtained in advance online or by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600.
“Driving Miss Daisy” uses driving to explore deeper issues of prejudice, friendship and change. The PG-rated film focuses on an older Jewish woman set in the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant-dominated Southern society of the 1960s and a willful African-American chauffeur. Over the years their relationship grows from contentious to something much more profound.
Reviews by film critic Robert Ebert state “It is an immensely subtle film, in which hardly any of the most important information is carried in the dialogue and in which body language, tone of voice or the look in an eye can be the most important thing in a scene. After so many movies in which shallow and violent people deny their humanity and ours, what a lesson to see a film that looks into the heart.”
“Time and again we hear the adage that it’s never too late,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “Whether its careers, hobbies, friendships, adventures or relationships, we are encouraged to broaden our horizons and try something new. This film shows how two people deal with change, embrace differences and develop a lasting friendship.”
Images of Aging film screenings are held on the second Saturday of the month in partnership with the Grand Cinema in Tacoma. Each film is free and open to the public. All seats are general admission. For more information about the films call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600 or 800-562-0332.
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Bob Riler, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources