More than 144,000 Utah families are affected by Alzheimer’s disease. KUED, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, Utah Chapter and The City Library, is hosting “You Are Not Alone,” a special evening Thursday, September 4 to increase public awareness about the devastating disease.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at The City Library, where local community groups will be available with information about diagnosis, care, and resources.
A free screening of the PBS film, The Genius of Marian, begins at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Part of the POV series, the film tells the visually rich, emotionally complex story of one family’s struggle to come to terms with early onset Alzheimer’s. The film was the official selection of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
Following the film, Dr. Richard D. King from The University of Utah Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research will discuss “Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease.”
Attendees will be able to participate in building a public art installation, “Forget Me Knot” to honor Utahns affected by the disease. Purple ribbons will be available to write the name of anyone affected by the disease and tie it to the “Forget Me Knot” wall of remembrance.
Community agencies participating with resource information include the Alzheimer’s Association, Danville Support Network, Home Care Assistance, CACIR, Senior Blue Book, Kathy Supiano of Caring Connections at The University of Utah School of Nursing, Symbii, and Silverado Hospice.
The event is free and open to the public.