New documentary features area resident's journey through early Alzheimer's disease PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 June 2013 09:21
(From left) Deb Ebert, Alberta Prichard, Rev. Darrell Prichard and Pam Jenkins.
FINDLAY - Findlay is the location for a new project which could ultimately help people around the country who are impacted by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
The Alzheimer's Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter is producing a documentary that features the Prichard family's journey through the diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer's disease, its impact on their daily lives, and the importance of a community coming together to support all who are affected by this disease.
The yet-to-be-named 25-minute film will premiere on Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m. at Winebrenner Seminary, 950 N. Main, Findlay. The showing is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed.
For the past six months, Ben Severance, a visual storyteller from New Hampshire who trained at Western Kentucky University in photojournalism, has been creating a documentary about living with early stage dementia. The documentary will chronicle changes that Rev. Darrell Prichard faces and how he and his family strive to continue a lifetime of service now refocused on Alzheimer's awareness, education and advocacy. The cast includes Darrell's family and his many friends. 
Prichard spent 60 years in the pulpit and retired as president of the Foundation of the Great Lakes Conference, Churches of God. Three years ago, he received a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer's disease. He considered withdrawing but decided to begin a new ministry as an advocate for families affected by a diagnosis of Alzheimer's. His first act of courage was to send a letter revealing his diagnosis to every person he knew and to every church he had served. Then he launched his new ministry.
Today, Prichard is an advocate for affected families. He visits state and U.S. politicians, fundraises for the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer's, and is a presenter at education programs and trainings for Alzheimer's caregivers.
A panel discussion following the film will include Darrell and Alberta Prichard, filmmaker Ben Severance, and local experts.
Call 1-800-272-3900 for further details.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 June 2013 10:21

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