Movie screening kicks off Walk to End Alzheimer’s

08/12/2014 9:32 AM

08/12/2014 9:33 AM

A special screening of Angel’s Perch, an independent film that depicts one family’s plight with Alzheimer’s disease, will be presented free of charge at City Lights Theatre in Hudson Oaks on Thurs., Aug. 21, starting at 6 p.m. Angel’s Perch is being shown to promote participation in the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, according to Linda Snow.

Snow and her husband, Gary, are serving as honorary chairs of this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is scheduled for Sat., Sept. 27, at Weatherford College. Movie attendees will be encouraged to sign up for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is the largest annual event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Reservations for Angel’s Perch are required, and may be made by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 817- 336-4949 or 1-800-272-3900.

Angel’s Perch is the story of a successful young architect living in Pittsburgh who learns that he needs to take time off and return to his tiny hometown of Cass, W.V., to help take care of his grandmother who was found wandering around lost, just outside her home.

The story is fiction, but it was inspired by incidents that occurred to the author’s own grandmother. It reflects typical challenges faced by families when a loved one develops Alzheimer’s disease. Ultimately, Angel’s Perch is the true story of more than five million people living in this country with Alzheimer’s disease.

“When someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, the whole family needs to become involved,” says Snow, whose mother passed away with the disease. “It helps to have a place to go to learn about Alzheimer’s, get advice on caregiving and resources and feel supported.

“That’s why I turned to the Alzheimer’s Association when I was caring for my mother. And that’s why Gary and I decided to get behind the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”

Join the Snows and staff from the Alzheimer’s Association for this free screening of Angel’s Perch. Linda and Gary will make brief remarks prior to the start of the movie and information will be provided about the local programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The movie event will begin with complimentary pizza provided by Schlotzsky’s. City Lights Theatre is donating its facilities for this special viewing.

“It’s hard to find someone who has not been touched by Alzheimer’s disease in some way,” Linda said. “The story told through Angel’s Perch speaks to the importance of supporting the local work and national research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Participating in the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Weatherford is a great way to help the cause.”

Information about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Weatherford can be found at act.alz.org/Weatherford

•  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
•  Almost two-thirds of those living with the disease are women.
•  One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
•  In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion.
•  Women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Call 1-800-272-3900 anytime, day or night, to speak with a knowledgeable and caring professional about your questions.

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