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Barrier-Free Library, Next Chapter: Alzheimer’s and Community: A Special Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion


September 19, 2013


In honor of World Alzheimer's Month, the New York Public Library is pleased to present a special screening of the highly acclaimed documentary, You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t*,  which aired nationally on PBS’ Emmy award-winning series Independent Lens. A total immersion into the fragmented day-to-day experience of mental illness,You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't is the first documentary filmed exclusively in a unit specifically for care of those with Alzheimer’s & other dementias, and the first told from the perspective of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. It is a touching account of Lee Gorewitz’s life inside the Traditions Alzheimer’s & Other Dementia Care Unit at the The Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville, California. The film reveals Lee's penetrating ruminations and charismatic vitality, challenging our preconceptions of illness and aging. Here is the journey of a woman who will not let us forget her - even as she struggles to remember herself.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the intersection of medical research in the field, the arts, social services, and the quality of life of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Panelists will include Lou-Ellen Barkan, President & CEO, Alzheimer's Association/New York City Chapter; Alison Willmore, TV Editor, Indiewire; James E. Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., lead researcher from New York University Langone School of Medicine; and filmmaker Scott Kirschenbaum.

The screening is free and open to the public. If you have questions or would like to make a request for group accommodations, please email Brigid Cahalan (


*Total running time: 53 minutes.