Feb. 9: The artistic expressions of people with disabilities

By Khambrel Marshall - Meteorologist, 'Newsmakers' Host

HOUSTON - You will never look at a person with disabilities the same way ever again.

The Reelabilities Film Festival returns to Houston for the 2nd year with an amazing collection of films that promote the artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Marla Feldman is the chair of this year's event which runs from Feb. 9-13 at 10 venues throughout the Houston area.

Many of the films highlight the tremendous resilience of the human body and spirit and also showcase the tremendous advances made in the area of  rehabilitative research.

Carl Josehart is the CEO of Houston's TIRR Memorial Hermann and  says "We have to remember that eight to ten thousand people a day are aging into 65 years and older so if we all live long enough we'll live long enough to age into a time when we can't move the way we used to."

He says the films being presented send strong messages for us all.

"Never give up what you love. Learn to dance, learn to garden. Learn to make art if that's what gave life meaning before hand. We'll continue to advance in the science but part of it is just advancing in our attitude," said Josehart.

Also this week, Alzheimer's is affecting more than five million Americans and the expectation is that those numbers will grow as our population ages. The Alzheimer's Association, Houston Southeast Texas Chapter is working hard to educate the community about what the risks are and what can be done to decrease those risks.  Alzheimer's also disproportionately affect the African American community.

Ann Marie McDonald, Outreach Coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association, Southeast Texas Chapter and Carolyn Gonynor is the Education Coordinator and talk about the challenges in Southeast Texas and what we all can do to make a difference.

Watch Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall Sunday at 10 a.m. on KPRC Local 2.

More Information:
•Marla Feldman, Chair-Reelabilities Film Festival, 713-667-9336, http://houston.reelabilities.org
•Carl Josehart, CEO TIRR Memorial Hermann, 800-447-3422,  http://tirr.memorialhermann.org
•Carolyn Gonynor, Education Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association, Houston-SE Texas, 713-314-1313, www.alz.org/texas
•Ann Marie McDonald, Outreach Coordinator, Alzheimers Association, Houston-Southeast Texas, 713-314-1313, www.alz.org/texas

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