Free film at Grand Cinema explores local filmmaker’s journey caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s

by Bruce A. Smith 

Pierce County’s Office of Aging and Disability has announced a community awareness event on Alzheimer’s that includes a free showing of a film by Ann Hedreen and her experiences caring for a mother enveloped by the disease.

 The showing takes place at the Grand Cinema in Tacoma at 1:30 on Tuesday, July 16.

 Here is the press release:

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Film explores depths of what makes us who we are

The Alzheimer’s journey is just another story – until it hits home. When Ann Hedreen’s mother began the battle with Alzheimer’s, it was only natural for the daughter – a professional filmmaker – to pick up her camera and tell the story with a mix of scientific detachment and daughterly passion.

 Emmy-nominated “Quick Brown Fox” combines their moving personal journey with an insightful look at the science and politics of Alzheimer’s, a disease that now affects more than 36 million people worldwide. The film also explores that profound question: Who are you if you lose your mind?

 “This is an important film: for our parents, for ourselves and for all those who stand in the path of this terrible disease.” – Ron Reagan

 “This beautiful family story truly captures the experience of the caregiver–the sadness, the fear, the determination, the hope. It is an important re-source for all who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease.” – Maria Shriver

 The film will have a free Tacoma showing on July 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Avenue. Ann Hedreen, filmmaker whose mother had Alzheimer’s, will introduce the film and participate in an audience discussion following. Complimentary respite care for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia will be available nearby at Cascade Park Active Day. Please call ahead to reserve respite at (253) 627-9990.

 The event is free but RSVP’s are requested by calling (253) 798-8787 in advance. The showing of “Quick Brown Fox” is co-sponsored by Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources and the Alzheimer’s Association – Western and Central Washington State Chapter

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