Silverado Senior Living SPOTLIGHT Story – Love Lives Here

Love Lives Here
Love Lives Here is a new documentary short that explores the innovative way Silverado gives life to residents. Produced by retired Rutgers University professor Dr. Cathy Greenblat and award-winning Australian filmmaker Corinne Maunder, this film is the third installment in Fire Films’ documentary series Side by Side: Love and Joy in Dementia Care.
Detailing how Silverado gives life to residents through our philosophy of love and recognizing the value of the human spirit, Love Lives Here was shot at four different Silverado communities in California, and features interviews with associates, residents, family members and dementia-care experts as well as photographs and video footage of the daily life at Silverado.
 “Silverado has a unique approach that sees them getting people to do things that the top neurologists in the world said was impossible, which presented an ideal opportunity to create a thought provoking piece about dementia care,” says Dr. Greenblat, who has been photographing at Silverado communities since 2001. Her books Alive with Alzheimer’s (2004) and Love, Loss and Laughter (2012) both feature numerous photos from Silverado communities. Galleries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East as well as the World Health Organization, the United Nations and the US National Academy of Sciences have all exhibited Dr. Greenblat’s photographs.
Ms. Maunder, who produced and directed the film, was initially inspired to explore Alzheimer’s care in films by her grandmother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Since 2013 she has produced over two dozen short films and educational videos about dementia, with more currently in production.
Dr. Greenblat says, “The vision for Side by Side is to create a multimedia resource for individuals and organizations to learn about better practice person-centered dementia care.” The first two films in the series, Finding the Why (Starrett Lodge, Uniting, Australia) and It Takes a Community (Arcare Helensvale, Australia), have informed and inspired countless viewers and have been used in universities, professional forums and care facilities around the world.
“The beautiful thing about this series of films is that the creative process has been very organic,” says Ms. Maunder. “There are no scripts, no marketing departments, no one telling me what messages to push. I’m free to capture and present everything just as I see it, which makes it very authentic. These are real stories about real people.”
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