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The Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., will host the Evanston Aging Well Film Night at 7 p.m. on April 26. Admission to the event is free, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Film Night is sponsored by Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care and Three Crowns Park.
Two short documentaries, “Edith + Eddie” and “The Beauty of Aging,” will be screened, and a short discussion will follow.
“Edith+Eddie,” a 29-minute film by Laura Checkoway, produced by Thomas Lee Wright, has earned numerous awards and nominations, including an Oscar nomination. Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Their unusual and idyllic love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart. According to the film’s website, the story “represents millions of American families who have experienced elder care disputes and guardianship cases. These cases are life altering, emotionally and financially depleting and dealt with in isolation.”
“The Beauty of Aging,” a 35-minute documentary project by Laura Schur, explodes myths about aging with stories of active, extraordinary American women older than 80 years.
According to the film’s website, there is a mythical age at which women are supposedly headed downhill. The extraordinary women in this film are so engaged in their activities, curiosity, creativity, and wisdom that they are redefining old age. As part of the fastest growing population in America, these women forge a new trail for others.
More information is available by calling Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI) at 847-864-7274.