Important documentary dealing with understanding of Alzheimer’s

The documentary I Remember Better When I Paint has to date broadcast in more than 1,500 showings on PBS stations across North American, and the film continues to broadcast during 2016. 

The Gerontologist, a publication of the Gerontological Society of America—a leading source in that field, recently published an article by Rick J. Scheidt, PhD, about the documentary I Remember Better When I Paint.

And here is what it says about the film:

I Remember Better When I Paint is perhaps the most important documentary to date dealing with our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).”

The article goes on to say that the film:

“ …should be required viewing of every gerontology educator and practitioner, regardless of years in rank. Every student who is currently training in adult development, aging, gerontology, or geriatric medicine should see this video.

Indeed, it may even be more critical viewing for long-time professionals who may continue to define those with AD and related dementias almost solely in terms of symptoms associated with physical and cognitive loss.

This is a refreshing film of hope and possibilities. It shows the impact of non pharmaceutical approaches in the creative arts on persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD), including those who have dementia, family members, care professionals, and community members.”

Read more of the article here.

About the film
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.

1 Response to “Important documentary dealing with understanding of Alzheimer’s”


  1. 1 Marilyn Christiansen January 26, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I really enjoyed this program. With elderly parents who are losing their memory I found it to be useful. I am also interested in finding out more about the “I remember better when I paint” program. I would like to know if this program is being used in Tooele Utah or the Salt Lake City Utah area? I’m also wondering if painting is the only Avenue that presents these results with people with Alzheimer? My reason for asking is my father has not been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s but he has short-term memory issues. He has dementia of some sort. He has never shown interest in art or painting are there other resources that will help with similar or same results?


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