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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 screening of “Angel’s Perch” at the Doss Center will be followed by a discussion moderated by Howard Gruetzner, M.Ed, LPC, a family care and education specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association and author of the widely read, “Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide and Sourcebook.”

Angel’s Perch is the story of Jack, a successful young architect living in Pittsburgh, who must make the trip to his tiny hometown of Cass, W. Va., to move his grandmother into an assisted-care facility after she is found wandering outside her home.

But what was intended to be a two-day, under-the-radar trip becomes more complicated when Jack is unable to move her into an assisted-living facility nearby. Torn between the career opportunity of a lifetime, caring for his last living relative and running from his own painful memories, Jack is forced to choose between standing still or facing the pain of his past, so that he can finally move forward in his life.

The film stars Joyce Van Patten (“The Danny Kaye Show,” “The Bad News Bears,” “The Good Guys,” Grown Ups), J.T. Arbogast (“30 Rock,” “When in Rome”), Ally Walker (“Sons of Anarchy,” “The Profiler,” “The Protector”), Ashley Jones (“True Blood,” ‘The Bold and the Beautiful”), Ellen Crawford (“ER,” “The Man from Earth”), and a supporting cast of talented local West Virginia actors.

The “Angel’s Perch” film screening and caregiver discussion is partially funded by the Billie Clark Fund for Rural Education Initiatives. The Alzheimer’s Association also receives funding for its programs from the Area Agency on Aging of North Central Texas. 

The Doss Heritage and Culture Center is located at 1400 Texas Drive. There is no charge to attend the screening but reservations are appreciated. For more information or to reserve a seat, call Shelly Young at 817-336-4949 or 800-272-3900.

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