Documentary on positive impact of the arts on Alzheimer’s to air on Los Angeles area Public Television on March 28, 2015

I Remember Better When I Paint shows how the creative arts can enhance the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s. The program airs in the Los Angeles area on channel KCET on Saturday March 28, 2015 at 7:00pm.

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.

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 the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and Dr. Robert Green of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Inspiring personal stories are featured, including that of Rita Hayworth, as told by her daughter, Yasmin Aga Khan, to highlight the transformative impact of art and other creative therapies and how they are changing the way we look at Alzheimer’s.

The inspiration for the film came from the artist Hilgos, who had severe memory loss. When her daughter asked: “Mom, do you want to paint?” She unexpectedly responded, “Yes, I remember better when I paint.” Art students helped her regain a capacity for exchange and communication through painting.

I REMEMBER BETTER WHEN I PAINT: TREATING ALZHEIMER’S THROUGH THE CREATIVE ARTS is written and directed by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, and is a French Connection Films and Hilgos Foundation production.

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