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Alzheimer’s Association to show film ‘The Father and The Bear’ in Breckenridge

Alzheimer’s Association to show film ‘The Father and The Bear’ in Breckenridge
September 10
07:20 2018

The Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter will host a free showing of the film “The Father and The Bear,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Breckenridge’s National Theatre, 116 E. Walker St. The event will benefit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Abilene, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15.

The film focuses on a father’s struggle with a dementia diagnosis and his devotion to perform at his beloved summer theater one last time before the disease escalates.  The film’s director, John Putch, was inspired to make the movie after his mother, actress Jean Stapleton, died with dementia.  Stapleton was best known for her role as Edith Bunker on the TV sitcom “All in the Family.”

A presentation of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease will precede the film, with a brief question and answer session following.  The showing is free of charge, but registration is encouraged.  Refreshments will be available.  Contact Mindy Bannister at  325-672-2907 or 800-272-3900 or e-mail mbannister@alz.org for more information or to reserve a seat.

The Alzheimer’s Association — North Central Texas Chapter, which is affiliated with the national Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago, is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that covers a 40-county service area, including Stephens County. Fort Worth serves as headquarters for the chapter, which has regional offices in Abilene, Waco and Wichita Falls. The North Central Texas Chapter serves more than 9,000 individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia annually through programs and services made possible by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is part of a nationwide event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Abilene event will start with registration at 8 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Rose Park Senior Center, 2625 S. Seventh St. in Abilene. The route length is 2 miles. For more information about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s click here to go to the event’s website.

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