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For the unitiated this short film will have some impact. For many who are committed to Care for a loved one it might seem perhaps mild in the light of actuality. By this l mean the sheer level of angst and despair which can come about when dementia presents with aggressive behaviour or paranoia and the fact that this stems from an "abstract" source - i.e. Alzheimer's - because you never know the actual derivative, what brings it about. (UTI or a noise, the colour of a sofa etc. There needs to be a raw and uninhibited representation of the "reality" which might seem almost beyond comprehension to those who ' imagine ' forgetfulness and awkward moments within the context of ' being managed ' come what may. Dementia is so varied and so unpredictable and different in every case. The torment and heartbreaking regime which can be the lot of a Carer ( at home) is very real and very destructive.As mentioned above, here's the video. The actress herself, Kate Dickie, has personal experience of dementia and wanted to be part of telling this story.
What do you think?
We wanted to give you a space to share your thoughts on the film. Does it reflect your own experience? We'd like to hear what you think, and your honest feedback would be really valuable.
Abbygee I have been through this and it broke me. I am still suffering from the long term effects of it, of having to care for someone. Please consider a nursing home. This must not take your life too. With love KindredxI've watched this several times. I wish I could still find tears, like the carer in the film, but I'm too washed out, dried up, tired, drained and dead inside to even cry anymore.
Yes, it's a nice intro but it reminds me a bit of the sad Spanish donkey films. I'd like to ask buddies to see it and give opinions but buddies are a rare find these days. At least buddies know my name.
***EDIT*** Having gone away for a few minutes I think I may sound a bit off here but Hell's Bell's ... is the public at large ready for the unpalatable truth that is caring for a once-loved almost zombie version of the PWD? Do they really want to know about the pee and poo and the endless questions, the pointless cooking of enticing meals that may as well be cardboard, the lack of sleep caused by being half awake all the perishing time, the loss of own self-worth, the virtually suicidal state of both, the walking on egg-shells, the mumbling stumbling shell of a human who needs support to even find the next room, the stressy nastiness that invades almost every response to the repeated half-formed questions?
I take your point completely. But as for misery porn. No, in fact, my life as a carer was way way worse than what is shown, KindredHow thoroughly depressing. I know the film is aimed at social care reform, but this just reinforces Alzheimer's as misery. It's not my life that is portrayed here, nor that of my friends. It's misery porn.
i think it is depressing. not sure what misery porn is? i hope that people watching the film will bear in mind that it is dementia[all kinds] that is being shown and not just alzheimers.How thoroughly depressing. I know the film is aimed at social care reform, but this just reinforces Alzheimer's as misery. It's not my life that is portrayed here, nor that of my friends. It's misery porn.