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Posted on: January 31, 2013

Film explores Alzheimer’s from the inside

One of every eight people over 65 years has Alzheimer’s. Over half of all families are touched by Alzheimer’s. There is no cure for the disease. But there is hope.

“HOPEless” is a special showing of two documentary films produced by HBO. “The Memory Tapes” explores the joys and sadness in the lives of seven individuals with Alzheimer’s and their families and caregivers. “Caregivers” highlights the sacrifices and successes made by people experiencing their loved one's gradual descent into dementia.

In addition to the showing of the two HBO films, “HOPEless” will include several community-based services will be present to provide information and assistance in understanding the progression of Alzheimer’s and services available in Pierce County. Participating organizations include the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Cascade Park Active Day, and MultiCare Adult Day Health.

“HOPEless” will be held free at Tacoma’s Blue Mouse Theater on Saturday, Feb. 16 starting at 10 a.m. The Blue Mouse is located at 2611 North Proctor. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Seating is free, but limited. Please RSVP by calling (253) 798-8787.

“The number of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia is growing rapidly in our community,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “The more we all know, the better we as a community will be able to support the individuals and families impacted by the disease. “HOPEless” is a great opportunity to learn.”

After the showing of the films, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion of the progression of the disease and hear from caregivers about their successful and trying efforts on behalf of their loved one. People caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and those wanting to know more about the disease should attend.

“HOPEless” is sponsored by the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center. The ADRC is a starting place providing unbiased, free and easily accessible information, referral and assistance regarding disability services and long term care in Pierce County. The ADRC is available by calling (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Scott Kinney, Community Connections253-798-4509skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

Bob Riler, Community Connections253-798-7384briler@co.pierce.wa.us

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