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I Remember Better When I Paint premieres in Connecticut, October 11, 2013

The Mercy Community and the University of Hartford’s Presidents’ College present the Connecticut premiere of “I Remember Better When I Paint,” a documentary on the positive impact of art and creative therapy on those living with Alzheimer’s.

Date: Friday, October 11, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m to 2:30 p.m.
Location: University of Hartford, Wilde Auditorium and 1877 Club
Registration: The cost of the film screening, panel discussion and lunch is $35.00 per person. Please register by October 4th.
Registration information at: http://library.hartford.edu/presidentscollege/programs/

Berna Huebner, co-director of the documentary, is to introduce the film. Following the screening, there is a lunch as well as a panel discussion on creative therapies and Alzheimer’s.

The panel discussion features:
- Dr. Elisa Gil-Pires, M.D., Medical Director for The Mercy Community, and Chief of Geriatrics at Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center
- Jan Albetski, Supervisor, Assisted Living Services Agency for The McAuley, part of The Mercy Community
-Catherine Certo, Professor of Physical Therapy and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Services, School of Education, Nursing and Health Professions at the University
-John Ferierabend, Professor and Director of Music Education at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School.

Millennials raising Alzheimer’s awareness though music

In honor of World Alzheimer’s Month, the Minnesota-based band Electric String Quartet (ESQ), is releasing a DVD “The Vertical Horizon”, a conceptual album to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s.

This group, made up of a quartet of young millennials, has created an album that represents what it could feel like to have memory impairment such as Alzheimer’s, moving from beautiful pop-rock ballads to darker rock tones and confusing cacophony from beginning to end. This live album was produced thanks to a grant from The Cedar Cultural Center.

In the last ten years, patients with Alzheimer’s have increased dramatically and it is projected about 65.7 million people will be affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s by 2030.

One of the band members, 21-year-old David Sutton, was inspired to do this project in honor of his grandmother who has been afflicted with dementia.

“I wrote the music for my grandmother so that we could feel what people with dementia are going through and to better understand the disease that plagues our loved ones,” says David. “It is vital for young people to get educated on Alzheimer’s. I’ll continue to do all I can to raise awareness of this disease, in particular among my peer group.”

Art and music have been proven time and again to help slow down the effects of Alzheimer’s, and ESQ wishes to use their DVD to raise awareness of the importance of creative arts in dementia care. The album design includes artwork by Hilgos, an artist who had Alzheimer’s. The Hilgos Foundation, a Chicago based Alzheimer’s organization, was established in her honor to promote the power of art for people who have memory impairment.

ESQ is releasing the DVD online and 50 limited edition physical copies of the DVD are available, with all sales proceeds going to the Hilgos Foundation for use in their dementia programs to help those with memory impairment through artistic creation.

Discussion on Alzheimer’s and the importance of creative activities: September 13, 2013, Shelter Island, New York

September 2013 marks the second annual World Alzheimer’s Month, an international initiative to raise awareness and challenge stigma around the disease.

On September 13, Berna Huebner discusses her new book I Remember Better When I Paint: Art and Alzheimer’s: Opening Doors, Making Connections about the importance of engagement and creative activities for people with Alzheimer’s:

Date: Friday, September 13
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Shelter Island Public Library
37 N. Ferry Road
Shelter Island, New York 11964

Artwork will be on display and copies of her book available for sale.

I Remember Better When I Paint screens in San Francisco, September 22, 2013

I Remember Better When I Paint film screening followed by an art workshop at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco:

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Time: 2–4pm
Location:
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Admission: Free with Museum admission; Youth 18 and under always free.
Contact: access@thecjm.org or 415.655.7856

In celebration of World Alzheimer’s Day, CJM Access presents a screening of the award-winning international documentary I Remember Better When I Paint. The film, narrated by Olivia de Havilland, illustrates the positive impact of the arts and other creative therapies on people living with Alzheimer’s and how these approaches can change the way we look at the disease. The film will be introduced by the film maker and followed by a hands-on art-making workshop. Presented in partnership with The Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, Artists for Alzheimer’s (ARTZ), and the Center for Creative Aging.

The importance of individualized engagement and the creative arts for people with Alzheimer’s

Following is a summary provided by Arts & Minds from the I Remember Better When I Paint screening and panel discussion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The event, held on May 29, 2013, was sponsored by Museum Access Consortium in partnership with Arts & Minds.

Summary
To share the impact of art on people with Alzheimer’s disease, a screening of I Remember Better When I Paint was presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in partnership with Museum Access Consortium (MAC) and Arts & Minds. The documentary is narrated by Olivia de Havilland and shows how the creative therapies help people with Alzheimer’s and how these approaches can change the way we look at disease and how the worlds of art, science and medicine intersect.

It was through the co-director’s personal odyssey with her mother’s experience of Alzheimer’s that she was able to see how creativity changed her mother’s life. When she was trying to connect with her mother, an artist struggling with Alzheimer’s, she asked: “Mother, do you want to paint”? And, to her amazement, she responded, yes, I Remember Better When I Paint. These words were the catalyst for the project that brought more than 100 people to the Met museum on May 29, 2013.

Following the film we heard three panelists: bestselling author of Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence, Gail Sheehy stressed the importance of getting family members involved from the beginning. Having served as AARP’s ambassador on caregiving and having travelled the country meeting hundreds of caregivers, she saw that one of their needs was to get a circle of care started. She stated, “it’s a family circle, but then it can radiate from there. Begin to get the neighbors involved; friends of Mom’s; maybe students at a local university who are taking some form of health education and who might want to volunteer; and then kind of spread it out. Wonderful for the loved one because then there are many different kinds of stimulation.”

Following, Dr. Sam Gandy, Chair of the Mount Sinai Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, remarked on developments in Alzheimer’s disease research on the importance of engagement with art as an effective therapy. He stated that, “One of the most important has been just in the past couple of years, which has been in showing how important engagement is in either delaying onset in healthy people, or slowing progression in people who have the disease.” He emphasized the need for individualized engagement and stated that though physical exercise and diet play an important role, that “different people are engaged by different things, and that seems to be true whether it’s reading, whether it’s a musical instrument, whether it’s being engaged by the arts, and it’s clear that the things that engage them — the important factor in identifying mental stimulation that slows progression or delays onset, has to do with engagement.” When asked whether Judy Holstein’s remarks in the film that the imagination remains intact until the very end of the disease and whether it can be explained scientifically, Dr. Gandy stated that “It can, and obviously every person with Alzheimer’s is slightly different, but there are a couple things to point to. One is that there are examples of people who have never been writers, authors, painters, who feel their creative drive for the first time when they develop Alzheimer’s disease. This is well-documented, and even more so as we start to pay attention to it. Now, the other is that there is a part of the brain — the front part of the brain, called the frontal lobes — that acts as sort of a damper, that sort of breaks. To some extent, when the frontal lobes are involved with Alzheimer’s disease, they sort of relieve some of the inhibition and some of the creativity that begins to be manifest. So in some people it’s actually the disease that reveals their creative side.”

The third panelist and co-director of the film, Berna Huebner, quoted dementia expert, Dorothy Seman, who said that “our health education does not begin to teach the potential for the sacred relationship that can and should exist. Much of the real comfort and healing that needs to be done is in the context of listening with the ears of our heart.” She stated that looking back, that is what she was trying to do with her film. She said, “I was trying to listen with the ears of my heart when I asked my mother if she wanted to start painting again, and then she gave me that phenomenal answer that inspired my action and became the title of the book.”

The panel moderator, Carolyn Halpin-Healy, founder and executive director of Arts & Minds, then opened the floor for questions from the audience. The discussions then focused on research pertaining to medication and diet as well as possible new studies on using brain scans to see the effects of mental engagement and diet in the same way that they’ve been used to show the effects of exercise to cause the regression of pathology.

I Remember Better When I Paint screens in Bermuda on June 30, 2013

I Remember Better When I Paint, a documentary narrated by Olivia de Haviland that shows the positive impact that the creative arts can have on people with Alzheimer’s, screens in Bermuda on June 30.

Hosted by: Action on Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Time: June 30 at 4pm
Location: TradeWinds Theatre at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute

Read more about the screening here.

I Remember Better When I Paint
A documentary by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner
Initiatives that bring people with Alzheimer’s to art and creative workshops are producing remarkably positive results. Personal stories are featured including that of Rita Hayworth as told by her daughter, Yasmin Aga Khan. Dozens of day care centers, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are using drawing, painting and museum visits as effective therapies, making it possible to improve the quality of life and restore a dialogue with caregivers. Scientists have discovered that the parts of the brain related to emotions and creativity are largely spared by the disease. Today experts recognize the benefits of these new approaches that dramatically change the way we look at Alzheimer’s.

I Remember Better When I Paint screens in New York City on June 17

Screenings of I Remember Better When I Paint followed by a panel discussion taking place in New York City on Monday, June 17.

Hosted by: Alzheimer’s Association New York City Chapter
Screening times:
• First Showing Noon – 2:00pm
• Second Showing 6:00 – 8:00pm
Location: 360 Lexington Avenue, 3rd Floor, (Between 40th & 41st Streets)
Registration: The event is free if charge but registration is required.
Register online at:
http://www.alznyc.org/nyc/contactus/rsvp.asp#.UbMgHJw0ic0
or call 1-800-272-3900 to confirm attendance.

I Remember Better When I Paint
A documentary by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner
Initiatives that bring people with Alzheimer’s to art and creative workshops are producing remarkably positive results. Personal stories are featured including that of Rita Hayworth as told by her daughter, Yasmin Aga Khan. Dozens of day care centers, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are using drawing, painting and museum visits as effective therapies, making it possible to improve the quality of life and restore a dialogue with caregivers. Scientists have discovered that the parts of the brain related to emotions and creativity are largely spared by the disease. Today experts recognize the benefits of these new approaches that dramatically change the way we look at Alzheimer’s.



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