November is not just about falling leaves and pumpkin spice lattes, it’s also National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor the unsung heroes providing essential care to their loved ones. Caregivers play a pivotal role in our society, often sacrificing their own well-being to ensure the health and comfort of those they care for. This month, we celebrate the caregivers supporting individuals with conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s, where the challenges are particularly poignant. Statistics show that over 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and the financial, emotional, and physical toll on these caregivers is substantial.
Special Event For Dementia Caregivers in Washington State
This is a FREE screening of the award-winning documentary film Wine, Women, and Dementia. In person guests will be treated to an expert Q&A afterwards hosted by Rippl CEO Kris Engskov including film cast member Allyson Schrier and Dr. Kris Rhoads, primary neuropsychologist for the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center.
For dementia caregivers across the state who can’t join us in person, we will be offering a home virtual screening link, good for 48 hours from the time of the event. We recognize coordinating your schedules for an afternoon out can be difficult and we don’t want that to stop you from enjoying the film. Just register for the event and choose a virtual ticket and your screening link will be emailed to you on event day. As filmmaker Kitty Norton says, “Cheers Caregivers – we see you!”
To register, click here.
In Person Event Details
- When: November 28, 2023, 2PM-4PM
- Where: Murano Senior Living – 620 Terry Ave, Seattle WA 98104
About the film
Wine, Women, & Dementia provides a poignant and intimate look into the human side of dementia. This film follows the journey of former dementia family caregiver and filmmaker, Kitty Norton, as she embarks on a cross-country RV adventure with her best friend, Beth Rigazio, to meet the dementia family caregivers who provided virtual friendship and encouragement through their shared caregiver experiences. Through these face-to-face encounters, Norton seeks to deepen her understanding of the caregiving experience, and highlight the vital support that caregivers provide to one another, despite the physical distance between them.
The caregivers, meeting in person for the first time, share intimate, humorous, heartfelt stories, told in formal interviews and backyard “wine chats.” These stories provide a vivid picture of dementia life – from diagnosis to death, heartbreak to hilarity, and are interwoven with the physical journey of Norton and Rigazio’s often comical cross-country roadtrip, as well as Norton’s personal caregiver journey told through family interviews, archival footage, and home movies.
Wine, Women, and Dementia explores the themes of perseverance, familial devotion, and most importantly how to celebrate life on a long, long road to death.
Thank you Caregivers!