Movies about Alzheimer’s will be shown free

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources will host free showings of two films that explore the dynamic of families coping with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.
“Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch” tells the true store of Iris Murdoch. After decades of marriage, she begins experiencing forgetfulness and dementia, while her husband struggles with his own hopelessness and frustration to become her caretaker. The movie, which stars Kate Winslet, Judy Dench and Jim Broadbent. will be shown May 12 at 6:15 p.m. at Grand Cinema, located 606 S. Fawcett in Tacoma.
Grand Cinema also is where “A Song for Martin” will be screened May 19 at 6:15 p.m. The film focuses on Martin, a conductor and composer, and Barbara, a concert violinist. They meet in middle-age and marry, but soon after find out that Martin as Alzheimer’s.
“A Song for Martin” is a Swedish film with English subtitles.
Before and after the films, local service providers will be available to answer questions about the resources available to families in the area. RSVPs are requested by calling (253) 798-8787.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and is the only cause of death among the top 10 that can’t be prevented.
“These films are two of the most notable productions that focus on Alzheimer’s,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources.“Our goal is to provide hope and information that will enable people to better understand and appreciate all that goes into caring for people with this disease.”