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I Remember Better when I Paint screens in Fort Meyers, Florida on February 18, 2014

I Remember Better When I Paint screens at the Lee Country Alliance for the Arts in Fort Meyers, Florida followed by a panel discussion.

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: Alliance for the Arts, Foulds Theatre
10091 McGregor Blvd. Ft. Myers, FL
For more information click here.

This feature length documentary explores the positive impact of art and other creative therapies in people with Alzheimer’s disease, and how these approaches can change the way the disease is viewed by society. The film examines the way creative arts bypass the limitations of dementia disorders such as Alzheimer’s and shows how patients’ still-vibrant imaginations are strengthened through therapeutic art. Produced and directed by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, I Remember Better When I Paint is narrated by actress Olivia de Havilland who played Melanie Hamilton in “Gone with the Wind.”

The film’s co-creator, Berna Huebner, will be on hand and will lead a discussion at 8om following the screening, along with local art therapists Angel Duncan and Reina Lombardi. The screening will be in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance. A $5 suggested donation is requested at the door. Presented in memory of all our friends, parents, grandparents and caregivers who have experienced life with Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s & the Creative Arts

From the Vancouver Sun by Anna Bowness-Park:

Hilgos’ story is more than just inspiring. Despite suffering from Alzheimer’s, she discovered that she had not lost her capacity to imagine and to express it in her art. This can serve as a reminder that we do not have to limit our own or a loved one’s potential to the human brain. And that beauty has a deeply healing effect in our lives. When we cultivate a sense of divine consciousness and spiritual beauty for others as well as ourselves, we are reminded who we – and they – really are…

Read full post here.

I Remember Better When I Paint screens in Weston, Massachusetts, November 7, 2013

I Remember Better When I Paint screens in Weston, Massachusetts, followed by a panel discussion.

Date: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Time: 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Weston Public Library
87 School St Weston, MA 02493
Space is limited, reservation required. RSVP to:

Following the screening is a panel discussion on how these creative approaches can change the way we look at Alzheimer’s disease. The panel includes:

- Dr. Robert Stern, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Boston University School of Medicine and Director of the Clinical Core of the BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center
– Hannah Goodwin, Manager of Accessibility, Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston
– Berna Huebner, Co-Director of I Remember Better When I Paint and Director, Hilgos Foundation

I Remember Better When I Paint, narrated by Olivia de Havilland, is the first international documentary about the positive impact of art and other creative therapies on people with Alzheimer’s and how these approaches can change the way we look at the disease. Among those who are featured are noted doctors and Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer’s Disease International and daughter of Rita Hayworth, who had Alzheimer’s. A film by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation.

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:

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
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Admission: Free with Museum admission; Youth 18 and under always free.
Contact: 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.

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