Free movie night to highlight Alzheimer’s
The Cayman Islands Government Wellness Committee hosts a free movie and panel discussion featuring the movie Still Alice, on Thursday, 17 June, at the Camana Bay Cinemas starting at 6:45PM. Civil servants have the first opportunity to sign up between now and Tuesday, 8 June, before the invitation is opened to the public. The purpose of the event is to bring awareness and education about Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia.
The movie features Julianne Moore as Dr Alice Howland, a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University, who begins to experience signs of dementia. She notices that little things like words begin to escape her and she starts becoming lost on her daily jogs.
Alice must come face-to-face with a devastating diagnosis: early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As the once-vibrant woman struggles to hang on to her sense of self for as long as possible, Alice’s three grown children watch helplessly as their mother disappears more and more with each passing day. Meanwhile, loving husband John (Alec Baldwin), declares that “whatever happens, I’ll be here,” but finds his career plans and patience sorely tested.
The CIG-Wellness Committee partnered with the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association of the Cayman Islands (ADACI) to organise a medical specialist panel. The panel will facilitate a discussion immediately following the movie to provide information on the disease, including symptoms and treatments, and answer questions from the audience.
The panel consists of Health Services Authority General Practitioner Dr Wilmoth Shillingford; Dr Susanne Neita MBBS, DM (Psychiatry); ADACI Deputy Chair Samantha Conolly, and ADACI Educator Noviann McLean.
Close to home
CIG Wellness member Kathleen Brown-Gremli organised the evening to raise awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease because of her own experience when an aunt was diagnosed.
“What a difference it might have made in my family had we known more about the disease, how to identify the symptoms, how to care better for our loved one and how to care better for ourselves,” Ms Brown-Gremli explained.
Portfolio of the Civil Service Chief Officer Gloria McField-Nixon encourages civil servants to attend and learn from experts how to identify and support loved ones impacted by dementia as well as how to practice self care as a caregiver.
Ms McField-Nixon said, “My family is blessed to have five generations alive and well. This brings so much joy but also an unspoken toll for caring for loved ones as their memories and identities slip away. This event is a great opportunity to discuss how we can support those who are in need of care and those who are giving care within our workplaces and our community.”
Civil servants will be given exclusive opportunity to register up to Tuesday, 8 June, after which registration will be open to the general public. The event is free to everyone, compliments of the Dart Group.
Click on this link to register: https://signup.com/go/zmyfgpT.
Please print your invitation to use as your entry ticket.