HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In connection with AARP's I Heart Caregivers initiative, the public is invited to free screenings of STILL ALICE in Honolulu and Kahului on Thursday, June 18 (6 – 8:30 p.m.). The screenings will be followed by a community dialogue – featuring a panel of local experts – on the topics of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The aim of I Heart Caregivers to recognize and support the 247,000 Hawaii residents who perform a great labor of love each year – caring for older parents, spouses and others to help them live independently at home, where they want to be.
Reserve a seat for the film screening and community dialogue by calling toll-free 1-844-418-2281 or registering online:
· Maui Arts & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio Theater http://aarp.cvent.com/STILLALICE_Kahului
· Doris Duke Theater, Honolulu Museum of Art
AARP Hawaii is hosting the screening to help spark community discussion about the resources and supports needed to help residents afflicted with physical and cognitive decline, and let caregivers and their families know that they aren't alone. Each year in Hawaii, more than a quarter million family caregivers collectively provide unpaid care valued at nearly $2 billion.
According to the state Executive Office on Aging, the prevalence of age-related illness in Hawaii, including Alzheimer's disease, is expected to increase. The Alzheimer's Association has projected that by 2025 about 34,000 – or 10 percent of Hawaii residents age 65 and older – will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Given the high cost of caring for patients with dementia, unpaid caregivers are expected to continue to assume much of the responsibility for afflicted friends and loved ones.
In an ongoing effort to support Hawaii's caregivers and the family members they help to live independently at home, AARP is collecting the personal stories of caregivers and posting them to the I Heart Caregivers website. Families are encouraged to add the story of the caregiver they know to the growing list of Hawaii's unsung heroes at www.aarp.org/ihearcaregivers.