Published on April 30, 2018

Crowd Attends Screening of Oscar-Nominated Film Edith + Eddie and Discusses Caring For Aging Parents and Need For Appointing A Conservator

By Ferguson Library

STAMFORD, CT - A full house gathered at Stamford’s Ferguson Library on a rainy Wednesday night last week to view the 2018 Oscar nominated film “Edith + Eddie” and to learn about issues surrounding appointing a conservator and caring for an aging parent. Presented by SilverSource and the Library, the screening was followed by a panel discussion with experts in the fields of estate planning, probate, geriatric health, faith and social services.
Laura Checkoway, the film’s director introduced the film, explaining that the project began with documenting the love story, but quickly turned into an intimate look at deeper issues associated with losing the ability to advocate for oneself. “I wanted to learn more about falling in love at ages 95 and 96. At a meeting we learned about a disagreement between Edith’s daughters about how to best care for their mother and it turned into so much more,” said Checkoway.
The 29-minute film follows Edith Hill, 96, and Eddie Harrison, 95, the country’s oldest interracial couple. Viewers learn of their recent marriage, and witness their obvious care and affection for one another, but also watch the couple ultimately become separated by Edith’s court-appointed legal guardian against their wishes. While the separation is disconcerting for the audience, it distresses Eddie so much that he passes away just weeks later.
A discussion followed, led by moderator Kathleen Bordelon, Executive Director of Silversource. The panel of experts included, Hon. Gerald M. Fox, III, probate judge for the city of Stamford; Jevera Hennessey, Esq., specializing in estate planning and trust admin.; Ellen Bromley, Director, Stamford Social Services, city of Stamford; Dr. Allison Ostroff, Director, Division of Geriatrics, Stamford Hospital and the Stamford Health Geriatric Assessment Center; and Rev. Dr. Douglas A. McArthur, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church.

Read the full article at: Stamford Plus Magazine