The Hope Chest Has A Secret Drawer, Written by Laura Frenzer (New York) - A daughter struggles to engage her mother with Alzheimers. Careful what you wish for. Rosemary is for remembrance. My short film "The Hope Chest Has Secret Drawer" was insipred by my mother who suffered from Alzheimers and how my father, siblings and I desperately created new ways to entertain her and keep her actively engaged. It was an exhausting, often tedious task - that we did with love. I was always so curious as to how she was experiencing the world through the haze of Alzheimer's - what it feels like and smells like and sounds likes. My mother never had secrets like the kind Rosemary does in this story, but she did hold certain personal memories tucked away that were unlocked, strangely, by her forgetting to keep them private. And when those buried memories suddenly came into sharp focus it was fascinating to see - and heartbreaking when they vanished just as quickly. And like Rosemary, for my Mom, Pat Boone was a reliable trigger.

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