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Devin D. Thorpe

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Diligent Artists Hosts Bay Area Senior Care Town Hall with Castro Valley Senior Care Heroes Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez

Los Angeles – (June 22, 2015) Diligent Artists in partnership with Bay Area senior care advocates and Castro Valley senior care heroes Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez is please to host a senior care town hall discussion and fundraising reception at the scenic HS Lordships Restaurant in Berkeley, CA on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Moderated by Bay Area Radio Hall of famer Ed Baxter, the town hall event will help raise awareness of critical senior care issues with a discussion addressing the challenges and potential solutions for the care of older adults. The community dialogue will help shape the narrative for the independent feature film IF WE LEFT, a project that promises to become one of the most ambitious reflections on the state of senior care in America.

IF WE LEFT is a dramatic true story adaptation about Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez, the cook and the janitor who stayed without pay to care for abandoned elderly residents when their assisted living home was shut down in Castro Valley, CA. Their selfless act of heroism led to the 2014 Residential Care For the Elderly Reform Act.

“I’m honored to be associated with this film,” said Miles Maker, executive and creative producer of IF WE LEFT. “This true story looks and feels like an isolated incident, yet people 65 and older are the largest and fastest growing age group in the U.S. This past recession destroyed the possibility of a comfortable retirement for many of them, and there’s no safety net to keep the boomer generation out of homelessness in the next decade, maybe sooner. We need tangible actions to help our aging seniors, so we hope you will join us because we need the public’s support to make a difference with this film by inspiring these kinds of conversations.”

To learn more about IF WE LEFT and to donate please visit the film’s website.

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