Upcoming Screenings 

Palmer
March 21, 1-3:30 PM
Equinox Film Festival
Glenn Massay Theater
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Phoenix
March 26, 6 PM
Beatitudes Campus
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Homer
April 30-TBD
Homer Theatre
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Soldotna
May 2, 3 PM
Public Library
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Girdwood
May 13- TBD
Public Library
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Background

“Backing Out of Time” is a compassionate documentary film telling the stories of five diverse family caregivers over a three year time period who are navigating the labyrinthine and often heartbreaking terrain of caring for their aging and increasingly dependent parents who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia (ADRD). ADRD is one of the most rapidly increasing health concerns of our rapidly growing population of older Americans. The website (www.backingoutoftime.org) includes cross-cultural perspectives and forward-thinking leaders in the aging field and is designed to complement the story-driven film. The goal of the documentary and dedicated website is to produce resources that provide education, awareness, comfort, information and support for the family caregivers who directly impact the lives of those with ADRD. Because one thing we do know- the cost-savings of keeping a parent at home for as long as possible are astronomical.

“Backing Out of Time” balances the serious and heartfelt journeys of the individuals and their families with an upbeat, solutions-oriented, and positive perspective for the film. In each of the five stories, the adult children are trying to do the best for their parents, but stumble repeatedly as they navigate their way through understanding the illness itself, personal expectations, and systemic obstacles for which they were unprepared and lack enough support. This shock, frustration and exhaustion which these families face are felt by the viewers and can assure those who may be facing similar situations that they are not alone. The significant emotions facing these families no matter what or when the choices are made, is universal. Conflict within a family can be caused by the lack of understanding about the disease progression as it is happening, and before it has progressed when plans could have been made. Bottom line: Have your affairs in order and in writing well before ADRD takes over.

Valuable information for Alaskan Caregivers 

The number of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia in Alaska is expected to rise 127 percent by 2025. This will place a significant burden on Alaska families due to duration of life after diagnosis, increased expenses, and the emotional toll of watching the progression of the disease and the affect it has on loved ones.

Learn what to do next

Become Educated

Prepare for the Future Now

Construction in Alaska

Learning from Other Cultures- Chickaloon Tribal Council

Beatitudes Campus- a national modern model based in Arizona

Importance of Routine

Focusing on the Family

Alzheimer’s Resource of AK: www.alzalaska.org
Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org

Experts in Film

Lisa Wawronzek, Education Director, Alzheimer's Resource of AlaaskaTena Alonzo, Education Director, Beatitudes Campus, Phoenix, AZTheresa Brisky, Executive Administrator, Marlow Manor Assisted Living, Anchorage, Alaska

Families in Film

Marietta "Ed" and her mom Eileen share a nice moment during art class at Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska.GretaMom2011Janet and Pat at the Apple Valley Assisted Living Facility in Washington state.Janet lived in Palmer before moving to Okanogan Washington and eventually moved her mother down to be closer.Mona is the caretaker of her father, Harold who is Alaska Native and a veteran and Teamster.Violet of Kodiak, Alaska, a remote island, cares for her mother while raising two teenage sons at home and working with the school district.

Electronic Press Kit

Synopsis 

“Backing Out of Time” is a compassionate documentary film telling the stories of five diverse family caregivers over a three year time period who are navigating the labyrinthine and often heartbreaking terrain of caring for their aging and increasingly dependent parents who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia (ADRD). ADRD is one of the most rapidly increasing health concerns of our rapidly growing population of older Americans. This website includes cross-cultural perspectives and forward-thinking leaders in the aging field and is designed to complement the story-driven film. The goal of the documentary and dedicated website is to produce resources that provide education, awareness, comfort, information and support for the family caregivers who directly impact the lives of those with ADRD. Because one thing we do know: the cost-savings of keeping a parent at home for as long as possible are astronomical.

“Backing Out of Time” balances the serious and heartfelt journeys of the individuals and their families with an upbeat, solutions-oriented, and positive perspective for the film. In each of the five stories, the adult children are trying to do the best for their parents, but stumble repeatedly as they navigate their way through understanding the illness itself, personal expectations, and systemic obstacles for which they were unprepared and lack enough support. This shock, frustration and exhaustion which these families face with such grace are felt by the viewers and can assure those who may be facing similar situations that they are not alone. The significant emotions facing these families no matter what or when the choices are made, is universal. Conflict within a family can be caused by the lack of understanding about the disease progression as it is happening, and before it has progressed when plans could have been made. Bottom line: Have your affairs in order and in writing well before ADRD takes over.


Team 

Greta Artman

Greta Artman
Associate Producer and Board Member

Nara Garber

Nara Garber
Director of Photography

Vanessa Cochran

Vanessa Cochran
Story Consultant and Editor

Mary Katzke

Mary Katzke
Producer/Director



Production Stills 

Alaska's rapidly growing population of aging seniors will have at least one in nine facing ADRD.Janet Burts' granddaughter Evva Burts was able to wear her grandmother's actual dress for re-enactments supporting Pat's story.Evva plays her grandmother in a memory sequence for the film with her friend Zane.Evva Burts plays her grandmother waiting at the bus stop to leave for college, a memory triggering behavior at the assisted living home.Director Nara Garber shoots Evva playing her grandmother, and the location is the attic of the historical building where the family currently lives.Elders are honored weekly in a luncheon attended by members of the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council (Nay'dini'aa Na') where children serve the elders first.Rachel Greenberg, Mat-Su Senior Services leads a tour of their new facility in Palmer in the web video extras.Becoming educated is the single most important thing you can do when helping a family member face ADRD.Mat-Su Valley up near Chickaloon Village Traditional Council (Nay'dini'aa Na') on a sunny day in March.Alaska has the fastest growing senior population in the U.S. and we are rapidly rising to meet this growing need.Anchorage, Alaska- largest city in Alaska.Make up artist Laura Simkins prepares Education Director Lisa Wawronzek of Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska for her interview.As part of the weekly luncheon at Chickaloon Village Traditional Council (Nay'dini'aa Na') the children sing and dance for their elders.A calm spring morning along the Old Glenn Highway which shows Alaska's beauty.Mona attends a support group to help manage her stress while caring for her father.Director of Photography Nara Garber and assistant Ivan Bacon capture B roll near the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council (Nay'dini'aa Na').Director of Photography Nara Garber films the weekly elders and children's luncheon at Chickaloon Village Traditional Council (Nay'dini'aa Na').Art classes held at the Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska provide a relaxing time for families hoping to connect with loved ones over activities.Palmer, Alaska was the dream home area chosen by Janet Burts' mother and father.Spirit Houses in Chickaloon, Alaska just outside the elders and youth luncheon showcased in the web videos extras.Tena Alonzo from Beatitudes Campus of Phoenix provides an interview for the film.Director/Producer Mary Katzke, L, and Director of Photography Nara Garber, have worked together on documentary films since 2001.Increasing senior populations in Mat-Su Valley are triggering new construction for adult day care facilities which are Alzheimer's-friendly.

Press 

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2014/11/11/filmmaker-documents-emotional-toll-of-caring-for-alzheimers-patients/

http://www.ktva.com/backing-out-of-time-film-to-premiere-at-bear-tooth-456/

http://www.adn.com/article/20141110/dont-wait-crisis-prepare-alzheimers

http://www.anchoragepress.com/film/1083/backing-out-time-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-and-alaska

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