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November 9, 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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IMAGES OF AGING: Driving Miss Daisy

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Driving Miss Daisy affectionately covers the 25-year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron and her equally indomitable Black chauffeur. Both employer and employee are outsiders, one because of the color of his skin, the other because she is Jewish in a WASP-dominated society. Set in the midst of social changes that are sweeping the South in the 1960's.

Film Explores Social Changes and Prejudices

For an older adult, the decision not to drive is never an easy one.  It is the hallmark of personal independence and symbol of individual freedom.  In many cases there are issues that swirl around driving that make the choice all the more challenging.

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources continues the Images of Aging film series with “Driving Miss Daisy.”  The 1989 film uses the issue of driving to explore deeper issues of prejudice, friendship and change.  The story focuses on an older Jewish woman set in the WASP-dominated Southern society of the 1960’s and an indomitable Black chauffer. Over25 years their relationship grows from contentious to something much more profound.

“Time and again we hear the adage that it’s never too late,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources.  “Whether it’s careers, hobbies, friendships, adventures or relationships, we are encouraged to broaden our horizons and try something new.  This film shows just that – how two people deal with change, embrace differences and develop lasting friendships.”

In a review by Robert Ebert, the critic comments, “It is an immensely subtle film, in which hardly any of the most important information is carried in the dialogue and in which body language, tone of voice or the look in an eye can be the most important thing in a scene. After so many movies in which shallow and violent people deny their humanity and ours, what a lesson to see a film that looks into the heart.”

The “Images of Aging” screenings are held on the second Saturday of the month in partnership with the Grand Cinema in Tacoma.  The series continues on Saturday, November 9 with the showing of “Driving Miss Daisy” at the Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Avenue in Tacoma.  (This film is Rated PG.)   Films begin at 10:45 a.m.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m.  Tickets for “Driving Miss Daisy” 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.