My Million Dollar Mom Film and Dementia Care Event
The Rotary Clubs of Casper to Sponsor Showing of Film My Million Dollar Mom
Senior Center of Casper to Host
Discussion about Dementia to follow
Casper, Wyoming – The Rotary Clubs of Casper are proud to announce a special Mother’s Day week screening of the short film, My Million Dollar Mom on Wednesday, May 17th starting at 5:30 p.m., at the Casper Senior Center, 1831 E. 4th Street. A discussion about the various forms of Dementia and the issues of care giving and long-term care planning will follow the film.
The film screening and program is provided by Million Dollar Mom LLC with the cooperation of the Dementia Society of America, with the goals of raising awareness about Dementia and helping people plan ahead.
Inspired by the true story of Casper resident Ross Schriftman and his mom Shirley, My Million Dollar Mom is a film that focuses on the challenges faced by families when a loved one develops Dementia. When an aging mom’s health starts failing from Alzheimer’s, her son must decide between his last chance to realize his life’s dream of becoming a congressman, and his desire to honor his mother’s wishes to remain in her home and be cared for by him. Schriftman is the writer and producer of the film and the author of a book by the same name.
Following the showing of the 32-minute film, Mr. Schriftman will talk about the film and his experience caring for his mom. A discussion about care giving will take place which will provide an opportunity for participants to share their ideas and experiences and learn from one another. A take-home planning checklist will be provided.
Dani Mandestam-Guerttman of the Wyoming Dementia Care Center and Susan Burk of the Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions will present important information about Dementia and Care giving for families in the community.
In addition, Aimee Ottley, Executive Director of the Senior Center, will provide information about the services that the Center provides to the community.
“We are pleased to offer this program,” says Dan Odell, President-Elect and Program Chair for the Rotary Club of Casper. “Our goal is to raise awareness about Dementia and give courage to families who are caring for a loved one.
The public is invited to attend. There is no charge for the program. A coffee and desert reception will follow the program. The My Million Dollar Mom DVD and book will be available for purchase. All the moms in attendance will be recognized and honored.
Love and caring for one another is a common theme throughout the film. Comments shared by audiences show the impact it has had on those who have viewed it:
“This film hits home for anyone who has cared for a loved one.” – Gary M.
“Densely emotional and satisfying to watch.” – Daman Moses, Vice President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform
“The script and characters are compelling and the music is beautiful.
The story is poignant and heart wrenching.” – Marian E.
“A mix of emotions as the main character deals with his mom’s Dementia and her mood changes.” – Dot M.
“So very touching and well done.” – Deedee D.
For more information about the My Million Dollar Mom Project contact:
For more information about the Dementia Society of America contact:
Tel. -1-800-DEMENTIA (1-800-336-3684)