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Documentary on positive imact of the arts on Alzheimer’s to air on South Carolina PBS station and nationwide November 2014

I Remember Better When I Paint to air on ETV South Carolina on Thursday, November 6, at 7am and Wednesday, November 26 at 1pm. It is a film that provides hope to families living with Alzheimer’s

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.

This film, directed by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, is presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation.

For nationwide broadcast dates, click here.

Documentary on positive imact of the arts on Alzheimer’s to air on Chicago PBS station WTTW and nationwide in November 2014

I Remember Better When I Paint to air on Chicago Public Broadcasting station WTTW on Thursday, November 6 at 10:00pm and Friday, November 7 at 4:00pm.

Narrated by screen legend Olivia de Havilland, I Remember Better When I Paint reveals the ways day-care centers, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are employing creative therapies to treat Alzheimer’s patients.

This informative documentary offers pivotal new insights about the transformative power of drawing, painting, music and museum visits for those living with Alzheimer’s and related memory disorders. Through personal stories and interviews with noted physicians, the film explores the benefits of this approach, including an improved quality of life for the patient and a restored dialogue with their caregivers.

Inspiring personal stories highlight the transformative impact of art and other creative therapies and how they are changing the way we look at Alzheimer’s. Among those who are featured are Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer’s Disease International and daughter of Rita Hayworth, who had Alzheimer’s.

The inspiration for the documentary was the painter Hilgos, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1930s.

In her later years while struggling with Alzheimer’s, she stated “I remember better when I paint”. With students from the Art Institute of Chicago facilitating, and encouragement from Dr. Lawrence Lazarus, a Chicago area geriatric psychiatrist, Hilgos began painting again. Painting allowed Hilgos to maintain, and even regain, some of her core identity, and her extraordinary enthusiasm and energy while living with memory loss.

Leading doctors and neurologists explain how parts of the brain can be spared and discuss the life-enriching benefits of these new  approaches. Among these experts are Dr. Robert Butler, a founding director of the National Institutes on Aging (NIH) and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Dr. Samuel Gandy of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Dr. Robert Green of Brigham, Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and Dr. Avertano Noronha of The University of Chicago.

This film, directed by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, is presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation.

For nationwide broadcast dates, click here.

Documentary on positive imact of the arts on Alzheimer’s to air on Oregon PBS station and nationwide November 2014

I Remember Better When I Paint to air on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7pm. It is a film that provides hope to families living with Alzheimer’s

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.

The inspiration for the documentary was the painter Hilgos, who grew up in Portland, Oregon. In her later years while struggling with Alzheimer’s, she stated “I remember better when I paint”. With art students facilitating, Hilgos began painting again. Painting allowed Hilgos to maintain, and even regain, some of her core identity, and her extraordinary enthusiasm and energy, while living with profound memory loss.

This film, directed by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, is presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation.

For nationwide broadcast dates, click here.

I Remember Better When I Paint screens in Mobile, Alabama on September 8, 2014

I Remember Better When I Paint screens at the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, Alabama on September 8, 2014.

The film highlights the power of the creative arts for those living with memory loss such as Alzheimer’s. Guest Speaker Jenny Graf Sheppard, whose work with artist Hilgos is the subject, will introduce the film and lead discussion afterward. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Peter Cowley will also present information about Alzheimer’s research and care in the Mobile area.

Date: Monday, September 8, 2014
Time: 6 to 8 p.m
Admission: free of charge.
Location:
Mobile Museum of Art
4850 Museum Drive
Mobile, Alabama 36608-1917

Click here for more information.

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.

Advocating for the Arts in Alzheimer’s Care

An inspiring blog post on why art matters in Alzheimer’s care published on the Southern Oregon Artist’s Resource.

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. A film by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation. 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.

I Remember Better When I Paint screens in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on August 20, 2014

I Remember Better When I Paint screens at the Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on August 20, 2014.

Following the film screening is a panel discussion with Gail Sheehy, author of the book Passages in Caregiving, and Berna Huebner, co-director of the documentary and founder of the Hilgos Foundation.

Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Time: 2 to 4 p.m
Admission: free of charge.
Location: Featherstone Center for the Arts
30 Featherstone Lane off Barnes Road
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
Click here for more information.

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 screens in Wenham, Massachusetts on June 19, 2014

I Remember Better When I Paint screens at the Wenham Museum in June. The film highlights the power of the creative arts for those living with memory loss such as Alzheimer’s. Following the documentary screening is a panel discussion facilitated by Peggy Cahill, art and culture program development consultant, working with The Wenham Museum Memory Cafe.

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Time: 10:00 am- 12:00 noon, followed by lunch
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Wenham, MA
RSVP: by 6/15/14 to J. Reynolds at (978) 468-5529
Click here for more information.

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.


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