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April 12, 2014

Alzheimer’s group to screen ‘Angel’s Perch’ locally

Feature film tells story of family struggling with Alzheimer’s disease

The Alzheimer’s Association–North Central Texas Chapter will screen “Angel’s Perch” this Wednesday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford.

“Angel’s Perch” is a new independent feature film that examines the delicate relationship between past and present, memory and loss as depicted by a family struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. The film screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion about the movie on  There is no charge to attend.

The inspiration for “Angel’s Perch,” which was produced in partnership with the West Virginia chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, came from the writer’s own roots in West Virginia and his family’s experiences with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Everyone has an emotional home – the place that defines your happiest memories. For me, that place is a small town in the mountains of West Virginia,” said writer J.T. Arbogast. “In 2004, my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and over the next few years I watched as she slowly lost her memories. It’s a story that is not dissimilar from the millions of people who have watched this disease slowly take away a loved one and felt powerless to stop it. We struggle to find an answer to the question, ‘What can I do?’  For us, the answer came in the form of making a film.”

“When someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, it can be really hard on the family,” said Theresa Hocker, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association–North Central Texas Chapter.  “At the Alzheimer’s Association, we are devoted to helping family caregivers through education programs, helpline and programs like REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health.) ‘Angel’s Perch’ is one family’s story told in a beautiful, uplifting film. We watched the film as a staff when it came out in December and felt that it was important to share it with our community.”

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