Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter collaborates with the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience to present the critically-acclaimed film, “The Divide”

May 30, 2018


ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION, NEW MEXICO CHAPTER

 

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CONTACT:  Chris Chaffin, Alzheimer’s Association, cchaffin@alz.org  or at 505.266.4473

 

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Albuquerque, NM – May 29, 2018 – The Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter is pleased to announce it is collaborating with the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience to present a screening of the critically-acclaimed film, “The Divide”, a modern western which features a main character suffering from memory loss. 

The film's presentation is part the of the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience festival which runs June 4th-10th in Albuquerque.  “The Divide” will be screened on Saturday, June 9 at 4:30pm at the KiMo Theater 423 Central Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102.  For ticket information, contact the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience at 505-265-7866,  info@abqfilmx.com or log on to www.abqfilmx.com.

Director / lead actor Perry King will be an attendance, as well as staff members from the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter who can provide information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias; as well as information on many free resources and support services that are available for families dealing with the disease.

“The Divide” is set in drought-plagued Northern California in 1976.  It chronicles the story of Sam Kincaid, an aging rancher with a failing memory (at a time when there was much less awareness of Alzheimer's disease), his estranged and independent-minded daughter, Sarah, and Luke, a young ranch hand who finds himself in the midst of a family in crisis. Internal struggles, the realities of an unforgiving landscape, and the need to reconcile a long-ago tragedy collide to create the backdrop for this classic American Western.

The film, particularly Perry King’s acting performance, recently drew praise from reviewer Joe Leydon (Cowboys & Indians), “King gives an extraordinary performance as Sam Kincaid, a Northern California rancher who, during the drought of 1976, struggles to remember what is important — and transcend what he cannot forget — as he is gradually diminished by Alzheimer’s Disease at a time when the malady was not yet acknowledged as anything other than advancing senility.”

For ticket information or more information on the screening, contact the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience, contact 505-265-7866, info@abqfilmx.com  or log on towww.abqfilmx.com.

For further information on the film and its producers, log on to thedividemotionpicture.com. 

For further information about Alzheimer’s disease, contact: 1 (800) 272-3900 or log on to www.alz.org.  For media inquiries regarding Alzheimer’s disease or the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter’s collaboration with the film and festival, contact Chris Chaffin at (505) 266-4473.

Films that draw awareness to Alzheimer’s are important because the number of Americans living with the disease is growing – and growing fast.  Today, 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the US.  Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia*.

Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia.  By 2050, someone in the United States will develop Alzheimer’s dementia every 33 seconds.  By that same year, as many as 14 million will have the disease.

 

Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s.

 

Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll – not just on those with the disease, but on entire families.   In our own state, 39,000 New Mexicans are suffering from Alzheimer’s.  They are cared for by 107,000 unpaid caregivers, many of whom are members of their own families.

 

The Alzheimer's Association is the largest and most impactful nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's and dementia science in the world. Currently, the Association's active investment in research totals nearly $110 million in 19 countries.

 

Cognitive Decline is a strong indicator of future dementia, and according to figures released by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, it is a growing burden in New Mexico.  As of 2016, 12.5 percent (or 1 in every 8) New Mexicans 45 and older report confusion or memory loss happening more often or getting worse (“subjective cognitive decline”); 33% of those with memory problems live alone, and for those with worsening memory problems, 58.2 percent say it has created “functional difficulties”.  Nearly 54% of those with memory problems have not spoken to their doctor or healthcare professional about it.  If you feel like you may be experiencing memory issues, speak with your doctor about it.

 

If you need help, call us. Our 24/7 Helpline anytime is available any time, day or night for support or information: 1 (800) 272-3900. 

 

The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter offers many free services and resources to caregivers and families facing the disease: support groups, care consultations, respite, educational presentations, safety programs, information and referral and more. 

 

We have five branch offices in the state: Albuquerque (Main Office), Santa Fe (Northeastern New Mexico), Farmington (Northwestern New Mexico), Roswell (Southeastern New Mexico) and Las Cruces (Southwestern New Mexico). All offices may be contacted by calling 1 (800) 272-3900. 

 

 

*Source for all statistics: The 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report at www.alz.org/facts.

 

About the Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit www.alz.org or call 1 (800) 272-3900.

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