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May 11, 2019
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Time Details:
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Films shows at 10:45 a.m.
Grand Cinema
606 S. Fawcett
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free; Tickets at or call the ADRC at 253-798-4600.
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Films on Caregiving: YOU'RE NOT YOU

Saturday, May 11, 2019

The powerful story of a life-changing bond that evolves between a woman with ALS and a self-absorbed college student who becomes her unlikely caregiver. A very rocky relationship grows into an unexpectedly deep friendship. Film is rated R for some sexual content, language and brief drug use.

Film Explores Bond between Caregiver and Woman Living with ALS

Caregivers come from all kinds of backgrounds.  People in need of care come with all kinds of needs.  The working relationship often takes time to mature as the people involved get to know each other and develop a healthy rapport.  In many cases, caregiver and care receiver use the time to grow to better know themselves and each other.

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources is offering another film in our caregiving series – “You’re Not You.”  Academy Award winner Hilary Swank stars as an accomplished classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS.  Rising star Emmy Rossum is featured as a directionless young college student – with no caregiving background – who becomes her close caregiver.  (Rated R for some sexual content, language and brief drug use.)

“You’re Not You” will show on Saturday, May 11 at the Grand Cinema, 606 Fawcett Avenue in Tacoma.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the film begins at 10:45 a.m.  Complimentary popcorn will be provided by Advanced Health Care.  The film is free but tickets must be obtained in advance at (Click on News & Events) or by calling the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 253-798-4600.

“This film is the story of a young caregiver who ultimately becomes a fierce advocate and devoted companion to a woman with ALS,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources.  “Not all caregiving relationships are as intense as portrayed here but the film does provide insights into the need for communication and understanding that both people need to develop.  The film is a good reminder that both caregiving and care receiving are not easy.”  

The plot of the film centers around Bec (the young caregiver) who is completely unprepared for her role and the increasingly dependent Kate (with ALS) who needs more and more care and eventually, someone to be her voice.  The two reflect personalities that are polar opposites.  The pair has a rocky start and rough spots throughout the story but eventually come to know and understand themselves as much as one another. 

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources offers this film as part of our Family Caregiver Support Program.  The program helps unpaid family caregivers with a variety of supports including education, counseling, adaptive equipment, housework and errands services and respite care.  People can learn more about the program by calling the ADRC at 253-798-4600.