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Arts & Alzheimer’s Screening of I Remember Better When I Paint

Date: February 17, 2014
Location: The von Liebig Art Center

On February 17th, people challenged with Alzheimer’s and their caretakers & loved ones may find a possibility for enriching quality of life after watching the film I Remember Better When I Paint and participating in a panel discussion.

The Naples Art Association will host, as part of its Arts and Alzheimer’s program, a screening of I Remember Better When I Paint followed by a panel discussion regarding the value of art and creativity for enriching the lives of people suffering from Alzheimer’s. The event will take place at The von Liebig Art Center on February 17th. The evening will begin with wine and hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. The screening will follow at 7:00 p.m. The panel discussion will begin at 8:00 p.m. with time for Q&A.

I Remember Better When I Paint, narrated by Olivia de Havilland, is the first international documentary about the positive impact of art and other creative therapies on people with Alzheimer’s and how these approaches can change the way we look at the disease. A film by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation. Among those who are featured are noted doctors and Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer’s Disease International and daughter of Rita Hayworth who had Alzheimer’s. Running time for the video is 54 minutes.

The film is inspired by the personal experience of Berna Huebner and her mother Hilda Gorentstein, also known as Hilgos. Hilgos was an accomplished artist and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the early 1990s. After reaching a state of near hopelessness, Huebner said to her mother, “Mom! Would you like to paint?” Hilda’s face brightened and she seemed to come into herself, then she said “Yes! I remember better when I paint.”

After the screening of I Remember Better When I Paint, a panel of leaders in the fields of art therapy, Alzheimer’s research and neuropsychiatry will lead a discussion investigating the immense value of art and creativity for enriching the lives of people challenged with Alzheimer’s. Panel members include: Berna Huebner, Marc Agronin, M.D., Dr. Fred Schaerf M.D., Ph.D., Angel C. Duncan M.A.MFT, ATR, and Bernadette La Paglia BSN, M.Ed. The panel discussion will include opportunities for Q&A and will be moderated by Angel and Bernadette.

Berna G. Huebner

Berna G. Huebner

Berna G. Huebner is the founder of the Hilgos Foundation in Chicago, Illinois which supports and encourages the ongoing process of artistic creation with people who have different forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s. She is the co-director of I Remember Better When I Paint. Huebner also serves on the Boston University School of Medicine Alzheimer’s Board and is Director of the Center for the Study of International Communications in Paris, France. She is the former Research Director for Nelson Rockefeller when he was Governor of New York and then Vice President.

Marc Agronin, M.D.

Marc Agronin, M.D.

Marc Agronin, M.D., a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Medical School, is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and the Director of Mental Health and Clinical Research at the Miami Jewish Health Systems, home to Florida’s largest nursing home. Dr. Agronin is a nationally recognized expert in psychiatric illnesses in the elderly, and in 2008 was named the “Clinician of the Year” by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, awarded annually to one of its members who has demonstrated a “profound commitment to the field of clinical geriatric psychiatry by providing, promoting and assuring access to quality mental health care for older adults.” In 2011, Dr. Agronin was elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association – the highest honor conferred to its members. He has published many books and articles on Alzheimer’s and dementia including his newest book How We Age: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Growing Old.

Frederick Schaerf, M.D., Ph.D.

Frederick Schaerf, M.D., Ph.D.

Frederick Schaerf, M.D., Ph.D. is certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult, General and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Schaerf specialized in neuropsychiatry at Johns Hopkins. Currently, Dr. Schaerf specializes in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). He has conducted over 90 trials in dementia and played a part in bringing to market those drugs that are currently FDA approved for the treatment of dementia. Dr. Schaerf maintains a private practice in Fort Myers, Florida where he also dedicates himself to advancing medical science through his involvement in clinical research trials. In 2001, Dr. Schaerf founded The Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida to establish, develop and maintain a high quality clinical research program in Neuropsychiatry. The Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida works with the Alzheimer’s Association in their mission to support research and find a cure.

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