Film to address methods of coping with Alzheimer’s

A scene from I Love You, which faces the realities of coping with Alzheimer’s disease.

A scene from I Love You, which faces the realities of coping with Alzheimer’s disease.

What does a family do when a parent shouldn’t be living alone anymore? How do you convince someone that the time has come for a different, more protective environment?

Adult children faced with parents who have Alzheimer’s can feel lost and helpless in the wake of the disease.

I Love You, a film to be screened on May 28 at The Greens at Greenwich, was created by Lawrence Apple, vice president of The Greens at Cannondale.

The film shows how a daughter and granddaughter of an 84-year-old mother with Alzheimer’s can learn, by trial and error, how to deal with frustration, difficult behavior and hard choices. Based on true life, the movie shows how caring communication can be restored with knowledge and patience.

According to The Greens, the film is “honest, sad, funny and real.”

After the film, there will be a panel discussion dealing with specific ways to understand how Alzheimer’s can change lives, and how to utilize the best techniques to reduce conflict and maintain affection. The panel will include Mr. Apple, the producer, Kristen Cusato, southwest regional director of the Connecticut Alzheimer’s Association, and Audra Mendes, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and executive director of The Greens at Greenwich.

The free, private screening of I Love You will take place on Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. at The Greens at Greenwich, 1155 King Street.

People interested in attending should RSVP to 203-531-5500.

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