Monday, Nov 4, 2019
Families affected by Alzheimer's Disease know that caregivers need just as much compassion and support as the patients themselves.
Harbin Clinic is proud to announce its presenting sponsorship of “When All That’s Left is Love,” a film exploring that very topic at the Rome International Film Festival.
The documentary film is slated for Saturday, November 9th at 1:30 at the Rome City Auditorium, and 30 percent of all ticket sales will go to Rome’s A Night to Remember organization which in turn supports the Alzheimer's Association. Tickets are on sale now at riffga.com/buytickets.
“When All That’s Left is Love” is the emotionally gripping story of a wife’s determination to care for her Alzheimer’s-stricken husband in their home. Despite immense strain, she’s successful—until life forces her to consider other options. With unprecedented intimacy and access, the film reveals the toll that the disease takes on families coping with Alzheimer’s, while simultaneously showcasing the opportunities, humor and light seen by some and those that care for them.
“This is a really poignant film that draws attention to some tough, but touching topics about the bonds of love in families stricken with Alzheimer's,” said RIFF Director Seth Ingram. “We encourage everyone to come and watch it to help support local organizations who work directly in the area of awareness and fundraising.”
Harbin Clinic neurologists have expertise diagnosing and treating hundreds of neurological diseases, including complex conditions including Alzheimer’s and dementia. The specialty group takes an integrated approach to treatments while guiding families to resources for their loved ones.
“It’s important for us all to understand what happens with families and caregivers when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s,” said Harbin Clinic Neurologist, Dr. David Hale. “For our patients with the disease, Harbin supports them every step of the way along the difficult journey.”
A Documentary of Actual Events
When his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, filmmaker Eric Gordon quit his job and moved home to help his mother, making them both primary caregivers. Years into their journey, Gordon said his filmmaker instincts suddenly kicked in.
“I knew I had to pick up a camera and start filming,” he explained. “I just sensed something was happening that needed to be documented. The access I had gave me something that has never been captured on camera. Ever. And because I was, and had been, a primary caregiver, the community surrounding my father trusted me. The camera just became an extension of my arm—I documented the heartbreaks and challenges that a caregiver faces every day.”
Gordon’s father’s health deteriorated, and his disease became the family’s disease, affecting everyone. His mother was brought to the brink of exhaustion and frustration by her official role as caregiver, noted Gordon.
“As one learns in the film, it’s not just those affected by Alzheimer’s that need support,” he said. “The real heroes of the disease are the caregivers. This film shows clearly what support for caregivers can look like and the unfolding positive impact that this help can have on their wider communities.”
As the adult population continues to age and develop diseases of dementia and Alzheimer’s, Gordon maintains it’s more important than ever for the public to become aware of the issues surrounding this topic.
“I hope that my film can shed light and bring understanding to caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients in order to ensure that, collectively, we are better prepared for the challenges of this overwhelming and life-changing experience,” said Gordon.