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October 12, 2019
10:30 AM
Time Details:
Doors open at 10:30 a.m.; Film shows at 10:45 a.m.
The Grand Cinema
606 Fawcett Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free. Please RSVP at or call 253-798-4600
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Saturday, October 12, 2019

A touching film about a couple who have lived in their home for 40 years and are now being encouraged to move into a "more suitable" home that will be easier for them to manage. A challenge to our thinking about what makes a house a home.

Film Explores the Challenge of Aging in Place

The catch-phrase “aging in place” is tossed around often these days.  The underlying goal is for a person to live in the residence of their choice for as long as they are able as they age.  But there is much more to it than meets the eye.

The “Images of Aging” film series presents “5 Flights Up,” and exploration of the multitude of concerns, values, dynamics that go into deciding when and whether to move.  It also adds to the picture the pressures and judgments that family members can interject in the decision-making process.  

The 2015 comedy-drama stars award winning actors Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton as a happily married couple looking at their options.  After forty years living in the same apartment, there seem to be indicators that they should move to a place that is easier to manage.  And a niece is determined to get them to move.  

“A home is much more than just a place to live,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources.  “Over time it becomes filled with history, memories, and stories.  As the years go by, health changes, neighborhoods evolve and our abilities lessen.  Inevitably, we start asking about where we should live.  But the answers are not always clean cut.”

“5 Flights Up” raises questions much more complex than where the couple should move.  The frenzy of putting their home up for sale and searching for the perfect alternative reveals some foundational values that have guided their relationship over the years and helped them create a homelife that provides stability and comfort in an often-frenzied world.  The result is a soul-searching journey that exposes much about their past and what they need for the future.

“Images of Aging” is a series of films sponsored by Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources.  Screenings are held on the second Saturday of the month in partnership with the Grand Cinema in Tacoma.  The series continues Saturday, October 12, with the showing of this hit movie at the Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Avenue in Tacoma.  (This film is Rated PG-13.)   Films begin at 10:45 a.m.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m.  Tickets for “5 Flights Up” are free but must be obtained in advance online at or by calling the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600.

The complete schedule of “Images of Aging” is listed at  Each film in this series is free and open to the public.  All seats are general admission – first come, best seats.  Tickets are available one month prior to showing and must be obtained online in advance.  For more information about the films call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.