Healthy Aging Task Force MV presents Alzheimer’s discussion at the Film Center

A community conversation will follow ‘Still Alice’ on Sunday.

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In "Still Alice," Julianne Moore plays a linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. – Photo courtesy Oscar.go.com.

The film which brought Julianne Moore the Oscar for best actress, Still Alice, is a vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s, and has brought recent exposure to the fatal disease. This Sunday, March 8, the Healthy Aging Task Force MV presents a special screening of Still Alice with the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, to answer questions and further community understanding about the disease on the Island.

On Sunday, the film will be the launching point for a post-film discussion with local Alzheimer’s care specialists about what it is like as people go through the stages of the disease, the best practices to counteract its effects, and improving the quality of life for sufferers and their families. Alarmingly, 43% of people over the age of 85 will develop Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. The discussion will provide information about the services that are available on-Island for dementia or Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.

Discussion participants will include members of the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living’s Supportive Day Program, Windemere’s Memory Care Unit, and the Caregiver Support Group. Healthy Aging Task Force will share information on “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a new program that will be open to family caregivers, that will provide tools and strategies to better handle the unique challenges they experience every day.

For questions about the Healthy Aging Task Force, email info@hatfmv.com. For screening information and tickets, visit mvfilmsociety.com.