Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Free movie at Springfield Cinema

Springfield Area Adult Day Service invites the public to celebrate their 25 years of service to the community by attending a free showing of the movie, “Still Alice.”

This celebrated movie shares the journey of Alice Howland, a happily married woman with three grown children and a renowned linguistics professor, who starts to forget words. When Alice receives a diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, she and her family find themselves faced with a series of heartbreaking realities as she struggles to maintain her mind.

The incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease is rising at an astounding rate. The Alzheimer’s Association reports an estimated 5.3 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2015. Of those, an estimated 5.1 million people are age 65 and older. Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women. In Vt., it is estimated that 11% of people age 65 and older are living with the disease.

The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will grow each year as the size and proportion of the U.S. population age 65 and older continues to increase. By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million–a 40 percent increase from 2015.

“Friends and family of those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias provide critical care and support,” comments JoAnne Bohen, Director of Springfield Area Adult Day Service. “Our goal is help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and to let the public know we offer a range of support services to families challenged by this difficult disease. Our programs provide much needed respite for caregivers while providing a safe and protective environment for loved ones.”

“Still Alice” will be shown on Wednesday, Sept. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Springfield Cinema, 26 Main St. Springfield, Vt. Viewing time is one hour and forty minutes, and the movie is free and open to the public. There will be a panel discussion including a question and answer period immediately following the movie.

For more information, please contact JoAnne Bohen, Director of Springfield Area Adult Day Service, at 802-885-9881 or email johen@springfieldmed.org.


About Springfield Area Adult Day Service: Springfield Area Adult Day Service is a department of Springfield Hospital, and offers a “home away from home” for seniors or disabled adults over the age of 18 who face the challenge of losing their independence. Services include care for those with Alzheimer’s, ambulatory restrictions, confusion, dementia, frailty, incontinence, Parkinson’s, strokes and heart attack, or social isolation. Adult Day Service is a structured program of social activities and needed healthcare, available Monday – Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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