Three members of the ACT on Alzheimer's-Harmony Action Committee prepare to greet those attending the screen of “I’ll Be Me” at the JEM Theatre on Sunday. From left are Lori Slindee, Diana Nelson and Cliff Johannessen. PHOTO COURESY OF LORI SLINDEE
Three members of the ACT on Alzheimer's-Harmony Action Committee prepare to greet those attending the screen of “I’ll Be Me” at the JEM Theatre on Sunday. From left are Lori Slindee, Diana Nelson and Cliff Johannessen. PHOTO COURESY OF LORI SLINDEE
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A private screening event with two showings of the “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” movie was held Sunday, Feb. 8, at the JEM Theatre in Harmony. The movie was attended by 190 people, in spite of the icy weather.

The free event was hosted by the ACT on Alzheimer’s-Harmony Action Committee to promote Alzheimer’s disease awareness. Those attending enjoyed complimentary popcorn and soda while watching the powerful documentary film.

Glen Campbell and his family chose to share a very intimate look into their Alzheimer’s journey while he and his family traveled to perform during a 2012 farewell concert tour across the nation. Music and performing continued to strongly connect Campbell to the rest of the world as his disease advanced.

Songs from this movie made news this week as they won two Grammy Awards during Sunday night’s ceremony. 

Harmony was honored to be one of only 60 locations nationwide chosen to host this event. Movie industry standards for free private screenings limited public advertising of the event and tickets were available through invitation only.  

Folks were invited throughout the community and beyond by the ACT on Alzheimer’s-Harmony Action Committee, which has a goal to increase Alzheimer’s awareness. ACT on Alzheimer’s is a statewide collaboration of more than 60 public and private organizations, plus more than 400 individuals working together on preparing Minnesota for the impacts of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  

Harmony’s ACT on Alzheimer’s Action Committee members include Chairperson Tim Samuelson, Diana Nelson, the Rev. Betsy Dartt, Cliff Johannessen, Theresa Knutson, Linda Kastantin and Lori Slindee, community coordinator. Contact any of these people with any questions one may have on the program or for resources in helping a loved one with the disease.

ACT on Alzheimer’s-Harmony received financial support from the Gundersen Medical Foundation to support this private screening.

Other recent local efforts to increase public access to dementia resources have lead to the creation of a Dementia Resource Book Section at the Harmony Public Library.  This separate collection of materials contains a wide variety of books, varying from medical science books to personal stories to children’s books which explain dementia to the youngest crowd.  

The ACT on Alzheimer’s Committee and the Harmony Public Library are working together to make dementia information easily accessible with the goal of information is power. 

Future efforts will include a dementia caregiver’s workshop set over several weeks, meeting one evening a week. More information on that program will be released in the next few months.