There is an excellent video series on VideoWest documenting a woman's descent into dementia. In 2010, Gera Saunders learned she has dementia. She was 61 at the time of her diagnosis and a professor at the University of Utah.
To view the series (at this writing there are three videos and will be more later), go to http://videowest.kuer.org/gerda-series/
It gives you the perspective of being the person cared for rather than the caregiver. I highly recommend it. While you may not agree with her stance on end of life, she gives us a glimpse into her life and her family as they deal with this unwanted life event.
Bread Head - a film
Surgery was successful, I'm happy to report. My leg is sore, but getting better every day. I'll spare you a photo of the scars. I've been on pain meds most the week and feeling a bit disconnected, so I'll also spare you my writing.
However, you may be interested in a new documentary being made about the relationship between dementia and food choices. It's called Bread Head. You can find information about it at the following link - just copy and paste it into your browser: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maxlugavere/bread-head-can-we-prevent-americas-most-feared-dis
The young filmmaker says, "This is not another documentary exposing the hardships of dementia. There are plenty of those.BREAD HEAD (working title) will be the first documentary to investigate the empowering science that is happening in labs and clinics today to help us beat it. Because changes in the brain begin decades before Alzheimer's symptoms, the absolute best way we can move the needle on this disease is through minimizing risk when it matters most."
I thought I'd share this with you in case you are interested in his film and in helping him out.
Donna Kemper put aside her art career to care for a mother she hadn't seen in over a decade. For seven years she followed her mother's journey into dementia, caring for her and putting forgiveness into action.