Film explores bond between caregiver and ALS patient

“You’re Not You” will show on Saturday, May 11, at the Grand Cinema.

  • Thursday, May 2, 2019 9:30am
  • Life

Caregivers come from all kinds of backgrounds. People receiving care have diverse needs. The working relationship between them takes time to mature as the people involved get to know each other. In many cases, when developing a healthy rapport, caregiver and care receiver learn about themselves just as much as each other.

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources is offering a screening as part of a caregiving film series. “You’re Not You” will show on Saturday, May 11, at the Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the film begins at 10:45. Complimentary popcorn will be provided by Advanced Health Care. The film is free, but tickets must be obtained in advance at online or by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600.

“This film is the story of a young caregiver who ultimately becomes a fierce advocate and devoted companion to a woman with ALS,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “Not all caregiving relationships are as intense as portrayed here but the film does provide insights into the need for communication and understanding that both people need to develop. The film is a good reminder that both caregiving and care receiving are not easy.”

Academy Award winner Hilary Swank stars as an accomplished classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS. Emmy Rossum is featured as a directionless young college student with no caregiving background. The pair has a rocky start and rough spots throughout the story but eventually come to understand one another. The movie is rated R for some sexual content and language.

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources offers this film as part of its Family Caregiver Support Program. The program helps unpaid family caregivers with a variety of supports including education, counseling, adaptive equipment, housework and errands services and respite care. People can learn more about the program by calling the ADRC at 253-798-4600.

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