The insidious realities of living with a loved one who has dementia are explored in this deeply poignant short film. Created for the Capture Minds charity during The Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Action Week, it follows the journey of a mother and son as their roles slowly swap places.
The pair's close relationship is evident from the start, neatly drawn to emphasise the affection and care between the two. He levies a twenty percent cut on all her bags of crisps, and she gently harasses him about marrying his girlfriend. Soon, however, things begin to change.
Despite his mother losing her independence as her mind falters, the son's love and commitment never wanes. The film doesn't shy away from exploring the emotional toll becoming a carer takes on him, which makes it all the more heart-wrenching when the mother has a moment of clarity and recognises her child.
A huge number of people watching will see their own experiences reflected in this touching tale, which will hopefully lead them to access the resources it draws attention to. Carers needing their own support is often forgotten when it comes to dementia care, and that makes the even-handed approach of the film extra valuable.
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