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May is Older Americans Month

// U.P. library to host films and discussions on aging

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Movies can be our window on the world and windows into our own lives. In observance of Older Americans Month, the Pierce County Library system and Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources are showing three remarkable films that explore the significant experiences and contributions of older adults who still want to be a part of the world and contribute to their community. The films will be shown at the University Place Public Library, 3609 Market Place W. at the dates and times below.

“Young@Heart,” May 18 at 1:30 p.m. – In this 2007 film, a chorus of 22 senior citizens whose average age is 80 has gained a degree of fame for their enthusiastic a cappella renditions of well-known rock ‘n’ roll tunes. The film offers a look at their rigorous rehearsal process, the background of several members, and their efforts to stay active and think positive, even as their friends succumb to old age.

“Wild Strawberries,” May 21 at 1:30 p.m. – Directed by Ingmar Bergman in 1959, this film is considered a classic (in Swedish with English subtitles). Crotchety retired doctor Isak Borg travels from Stockholm to Lund, Sweden. Along the way, they encounter a series of hitchhikers, each of whom causes the elderly doctor to muse upon the pleasures and failures of his own life.

“Mr. Holmes,” May 25 at 6 p.m. – Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon his housekeeper’s young son as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it's too late in this 2015 film.

Showings are free and open to the public. Each film will be followed by a brief 15-minute discussion on aging as portrayed by the films’ characters.

For additional information, call the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

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