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Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County to Host Second Annual Film Festival

Aging With Excellence Festival to Celebrate Positive Aging

The Aging Services Collaborative (ASC) of Santa Clara County and Good Samaritan Hospital’s Health to You presents its second Annual AWE*some Film Festival. The six award-winning films include an Emmy-winning film; and Academy Award-winning documentary and a “world” premiere showing of a short film that honor and celebrate positive aging.  Santa Clara County residents are invited to participate in a full-day festival of films celebrating positive aging.  Event includes presentations from filmmakers and informational booths about resources and services for older adults in Santa Clara County.

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.
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Good Samaritan Hospital Auditorium
2425 Samaritan Drive
San Jose, CA 95124
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 second wave of “baby boomers”—individuals born between 1946 and 1964, who will be turning 65 this year. 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, with the largest growing population of older adults ever.
The general admission of $10 includes a light breakfast, box lunch and film program. 
Call toll free to register: 1-888-724-2362.

*Aging With Excellence Film Festival.
About the Aging Services Collaborative:
The Aging Services Collaborative (ASC) is a consortium of organizations and individuals working together to provide leadership and build community-wide capacity to support, maintain, and promote the well-being of older adults and their caregivers in Santa Clara County. The collaborative consists of more than 87 city and county agencies, and 122 active advocates from faith and community based organizations. 
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Films to be presented:
Surfing for Life
This vibrant and award-winning one-hour documentary about inspiring well-spent lives, offers a fresh look at successful aging. Surfing for Life profiles ten legendary surfers modeling healthy aging by staying active and engaged into their 7th, 8th and 9th decades.

Young at Heart
This Academy Award-winning documentary and Legacy Film Series film  portrays a romance between two vibrant personalities in their 80s, their zest for living, and how their children and grandchildren react to their relationship.
Alice Dancing Under the Gallows
At 106 years of age, not a day goes by that Alice does not play her piano. This documentary shares the story of the world’s oldest holocaust survivor and illustrates grace, dignity, courage, forgiveness and hope.
Hi, Lillian
This is a story of an alienated elderly woman (Pat Crawford Brown), grieving over her dog and condescended by her family, who discovers a warm and accepting community in an unlikely place. While searching for the Bingo room at church, she inadvertently steps into a 12-step program meeting, and her life is never quite the same.
Moment by Moment
This is a film by Emmy-winning filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman of Concentri Media in Menlo Park, California. It is the documentary of Molly Hale, who suffered a spinal cord injury in an automobile rollover, and, after being told there was no hope for movement below her shoulders, proceeded to rehabilitate herself and continues to recover. Moment by Moment is Molly’s story about disabilities, health and healing, attitude, choice and intention, sex, intimacy and relationships.
Young @ Heart
This film is about a chorus of twenty-two senior citizens with an average age of eighty. In preparation for a concert, they spend two months learning new material ranging from James Brown to The Clash. Young @ Heart offers an encouraging vision of old age in which the depression commonly associated with decrepitude is held at bay by music making, camaraderie, and sense of humor.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Carla Cisi, Social Services Agency (408) 755-7600
Posted: April 20, 2012