WHAT: AWESOME-Aging With Excellence Film Festival invites Santa Clara County residents to participate in a full-day festival of films celebrating positive aging. Event includes presentations from filmmakers, an intergenerational panel, and informational booths about resources and services for older adults in Santa Clara County. WHO: Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services The Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County in conjunction with Good Samaritan Hospital’s Health to You WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 2011, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. WHERE: Good Samaritan Hospital Health to You Auditorium 2425 Samaritan Drive San Jose, CA 95124 WHY: Projections indicate that Santa Clara County’s senior population will double in the next 10 years and by 2030, the population of residents over age 75 will triple. The numbers are largely driven by the “baby boomers”—individuals born between 1946 and 1964. As the senior population in Santa Clara Valley continues to increase, healthier lifestyle choices are not an option but a necessity. The information and services provided at this event will encourage seniors, families and caregivers to embrace aging with excellence and to celebrate positive aging in Silicon Valley. REGISTRATION: $10.00 registration fee includes a box lunch. Register online at www.sccagingcollaborative.org About the Aging Services Collaborative: The Aging Services Collaborative (ASC) is a consortium of more than 87 city and county agencies, faith and community based organizations, and 122 active individuals that provide leadership and build community support to maintain, and promote the well-being of older adults and their caregivers in Santa Clara County. Aging Services Collaborative Funding Partners include Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services, Health Trust and Council on Aging. For more information visit www.sccagingcollaborative.org
Films to be presented: CLOSE HARMONY An Academy Award-winning documentary about a senior citizen chorus and an elementary school chorus who practice for a combined concert and dissolve many stereotypes about each other. SHATTERING THE MYTH OF AGING Seniors in their 70s, 80s and 90s compete in demanding sports at the Senior Olympics and become stronger and more active as years go by. BREATHE EASY Learning to live an active, positive life with severe COPD/emphysema with the help of supplemental oxygen. MOMENT BY MOMENT A story about disabilities, health and healing, attitude, choice and intention, sex, intimacy and relationships. LET’S FACE IT Seven women ages 48 to 63 speak with candor and humor about the reality of aging. ELSA AND FRED Fred, a retired 77-year-old hypochondriac widower moves to an apartment in Madrid, Spain, where he meets his next-door neighbor, Elsa, an elderly and feisty Argentinean. A Spanish language film with English subtitles.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119;Carla Cisi, Social Services Agency (408) 975-4848 Posted: May 5, 2011