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COA hosts free movie day at Niagara University


Tue, Jul 24th 2018 03:40 pm
The Council for Older Adults in Niagara County is hosting a free movie day at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, to educate community members about the ins and outs of Alzheimer's disease.
The movie, "The Leisure Seekers," starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, portrays a married couple dealing with Alzheimer's, cancer and their last chance of freedom.
This educational (and fun) opportunity is available thanks to partnerships with Niagara University departments of communication studies and gerontology, the Retired Seniors Volunteer Corp (RSVP) at HANCI and the Alzheimer's Association of Western New York.
"There is hope when you are diagnosed with Alzheimer's," said Amanda Nobrega, a social worker with the Alzheimer's Association of Western New York. "You are not alone. We are here to provide resources for families and the people affected by the disease. There is exciting research emerging about potential preventative measures and ways to maintain a healthy brain and body."
The Alzheimer's Association will be on hand to present facts and information about the fight against this disease.
"Research has shown one of the ways to fight off Alzheimer's is to volunteer in your community," said Kim Richbart, RSVP program director. "RSVP is a volunteer hub for older adults in Niagara County. This program offers ways to give to others while helping yourself stay healthy."
"Using media is a way to engage learning," said Dr. Mark Barner, chairman of the Niagara University Communication Studies Department. "This movie provides excellent discussion topics and a jumping off point for education."
Niagara University is providing a theater-style classroom for this event.
Join COA and RSVP on Aug. 10 in Room 127 of Dunleavy Hall. The event is free, but registration is required. Call the COA at 716-285-8224, ext. 215, for registration and more information.

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