Dementia documentary reveals impact on families
11 April, 2011
The CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, Maree McCabe, has congratulated those who took part in the new documentary, The Long Goodbye, for their courage and generosity in sharing their stories.
The film, to be screened on ABC1 on Tuesday 12 April at 8.30pm, follows the lives of three families who are dealing with a diagnosis of dementia.
“It is confronting and honest, sad and also uplifting as it reveals the great depths of love and courage these families experience along their journey,” Ms McCabe said.
“The documentary reveals many of the issues facing families dealing with a diagnosis of dementia: how it affects the individual diagnosed; the impact on families and relationships; the great sadness and loneliness it can cause; the most difficult decision to choose residential care; and the challenges many carers face.
“But it does so with great empathy and affection for all involved.”
The film follows three families all at different stages in their condition: Michael, a criminal barrister with four teenage children was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 49; Myrle, an elderly carer for her husband Ken who requires constant care and supervision; and finally Tom, a 72 year old carer who is desperately struggling to look after his wife Brenda, in the later stages of the disease.
The director, Kaye Harrison, filmed the families over 3 years. The documentary will be screened on ABC1 on Tuesday 12 April at 8.30pm.
“The Long Goodbye is not a film about dementia,” Ms McCabe said.
“It is a film about courageous and loving human beings. I acknowledge and congratulate all involved for sharing their stories with us.”
For more information about the film, go to www.thelonggoodbye.com.au.
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