Caregiving film dives into dysfunctional family dynamics | Pierce County

The film will be shown at the Grand Cinema in Tacoma on March 9.

  • Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:00pm
  • Life

The following is a press release from Pierce County:

Caring for a loved one can be difficult, especially for families with strained relationships. Complications may arise when adult children need to care for abusive, neglectful or estranged relatives. It may be difficult for families to navigate through issues while providing care, especially if they are unprepared to respond to the variety of challenges that lay ahead.

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources is offering another film in our caregiving series. “August: Osage County” will be shown Saturday, Mar. 9, at the Grand Cinema, located at 606 S. Fawcett Avenue in Tacoma. The film begins at 10:45 a.m. with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. Complimentary popcorn will be provided by Advanced Home Care. The film is free, but tickets must be reserved online or by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 253-798-4600.

Released in 2014, the movie stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in powerful performances as an acid-tongued cancer patient and her stressed-out daughter. Viewers will recognize the challenges of balancing caregiving roles among family members with the plethora of emotions faced as health conditions worsen. The film is recommended as one of the top five caregiving films by SeniorAdvisor.com and is rated R for strong language, sexual references and drug use.

“No one knows better than a caregiver just how emotionally draining the work can be,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “If families aren’t careful the consequences can be damaging. This film shows what happens when family members come together and bring substantial emotional baggage and history that hurts their ability to be effective and supportive caregivers.”

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources offers this film as part of our Family Caregiver Support Program. The program helps unpaid family caregivers with many supports including education, counseling, adaptive equipment, housework and errands services and respite care. The program offers support to families of all incomes. For more information about the program or to reserve your tickets, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600.

More in Life

Movie night at Ten Trails

“The King Who Would Be King,” is showing on Aug. 27.

Local historical society celebrates Filipino heritage

The event is this weekend, Aug. 24, from 11 to 4 p.m.

Enumclaw resident Melanie Christianson was an avid horse racer until an accident in 2010 left her paralyzed. Courtesy photo
Melanie Christianson Memorial Race next weekend

Christianson was an Enumclaw resident who was injured in a horse race and became quadriplegic.

‘Get Hired’ session will be coming to Buckley library

The mid-September event aims to help people develop more technical skills or edit their resume.

Raising glasses, and funds, for wounded vets

The Aug. 15 “Pint Night” at Headworks Brewery will go to the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Organize your own Neighbors Night Out

Being a good neighbor is one way to improve your life and become a better person.

Pierce County cattery is full, adoption event held through July | Humane Society

Adopting a cat will cost less through the end of the month.

Get to know your local trails on the third annual Pierce County Trails Day

Buckley, Bonney Lake, Orting, and Mount Rainier are all having some sort of trail event.

Western Swing Festival hosts educational music camp for aspiring artists

This is the second year the festival has been hosted at the Enumclaw Expo Center Field House.

Neely Mansion hosts annual Vintage Market

Sumi-e artist Darlene Dihel will be one of the many people at the market selling art and vintage furniture and crafts.

Bouncy houses at the next Hometown Social

The monthly Black Diamond event is this Friday, July 26.

Best Starts For Kids Health Survey now open | King County

How has your community changed since the Best Starts For Kids program started? Let your officials know through this survey.