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July 7, 2018
10:30 AM
Time Details:
Doors Open 10:30 a.m. Film Shows 11:00 a.m. Open seating
Grand Cinema
606 Fawcett Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
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Films on Caregiving: GEN SILENT

Saturday, July 7, 2018

A powerful film about LGBT aging and caregiving.

Caregiver Film Series Begins at Tacoma’s Grand Cinema

Movies about caring for a loved one often stir a special empathy and connection with audiences.  They invite us to both laughter and tears as we watch the films’ characters evolve with the experience of providing care in the day-to-day lives of their loved ones. 

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources will kick off a series of films about caregiving on July 7 with the showing of “Gen Silent.”  The documentary film explores the experiences of LGBTQ seniors who are now facing difficult health challenges and need help with a variety of daily activities.  Their caregiving needs are often intensified by lifetime experiences of rejection, bullying and abuse, lack of family supports and increasing financial needs.  

“The film industry has a mixed track record of portraying realistic caregiving experiences,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources.  “We have selected a series of films that explore the many dimensions of caregiving including family dynamics, chronic disease progression, and character development.  We hope showing these films will help individuals better understand the complexities and demands of caregiving.”

The series begins on Saturday, July 7 with the showing of “Gen Silent” at the Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Avenue in Tacoma.  All films will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m.  Tickets are free but must be obtained in advance online through  
Other films schedule for the series are:
August 4 - Theory of Everything
September 8 - Happy Tears
October 13 - Miss You Already
November 10 - Glen Campbell:  I'll be Me
December 8 - The Descendants
March 9 - August: Osage County
April 13 - The Diving Bell & the Butterfly
May 11 - You're Not You
June 8 - Intelligent Lives

By some estimates, one in four families is engaged in caregiving activities either in their own home or long distance.  Eighty percent of all long-term care is provided in the home.  Approximately 60% of caregivers are female with more men joining the ranks regularly.

Each film in this series is free and open to the public.  Tickets must be obtained online in advance.  For more information about the films call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.