SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- "Movie Moments at the Vogue," a first-of-its-kind, interactive film program in San Francisco for people affected by dementia, is coming to the Vogue Theatre on Tuesday, May 23.
"Movie Moments at the Vogue" is designed specifically for people living with dementia, as well as their family members, care partners, friends and neighbors. The program offers an expressive outlet and forum for dialogue through the viewing of short, iconic film clips interspersed with trivia, group discussion and reminiscence.
The free community event is a joint partnership with Elder Care Alliance, California Pacific Medical Center's Ray Dolby Brain Health Center and the Alzheimer's Association - Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter. Also supporting the event are San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation, Vogue Theatre and Creative Aging San Francisco.
Moderating the event are Sean Caulfield, a memory care specialist with Elder Care Alliance, and Rachel Main, a family support coordinator with the Alzheimer's Association. Additionally, volunteers will engage with audience members, prompting long-term memories and self-awareness through highlighted themes such as family, love, careers and Hollywood stars.
"This experience provides care partners, health care professionals and loved ones an opportunity to see participants in a new light – as individuals who can contribute their life experiences and wisdom," said Adriene Iverson, CEO of Elder Care Alliance. "This illustrates Elder Care's vision of reducing the stigma surrounding dementia by bringing about culture change."
Dr. Catherine Madison, director of CPMC's Ray Dolby Brain Health Center, added, "When people living with dementia engage with singing familiar songs of old movies, the music can enhance recall of autobiographical memory and reduce anxiety."
Claire Day, chief program officer for the Alzheimer's Association Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter, noted the dementia-inclusive initiative can help positively connect people living with dementia, their care partners and the San Francisco community.
"The opportunity to enjoy classic film clips in the historic Vogue Theatre with family and friends can spark memories of joy, laughter and connection," she said. "The burden of dementia is momentarily lifted."
"Movie Moments at the Vogue" will take place on Tuesday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St. in San Francisco. Pre-registration is required. For tickets or volunteer information, contact Rachel Main of Creative Aging San Francisco at 415-463-8505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Elder Care Alliance
Elder Care Alliance is a Calif.-based nonprofit organization in Alameda that has served seniors and their families throughout California for the last 110 years. Operating from both the mind and the heart, the Elder Care Alliance mission is to serve and enrich the holistic wellness of older adults through education, innovation and a network of professionals. Elder Care Alliance communities offer a variety of services, including assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and independent living.
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SOURCE Elder Care Alliance