Last year, a Singapore documentary maker filmed a short series called Facing Dementia, spurred on by his experiences with his mother. Galen Yeo interviewed persons with dementia and their caregivers, giving a poignant view of the struggle to live with dementia and the available support in Singapore.
Some memorable people in the series:
- A woman acting violently towards caregivers because she didn’t like what was going on,
- An artist expressing his feelings as a caregiver for his mother through visual art,
- A woman with young onset dementia who lost her job and stayed home until she was properly diagnosed and started on dementia day care,
- A retired man with dementia who was living as well as he could and making plans for his future,
- Persons with dementia and their caregivers experiencing a support group.
Every person with dementia has a different journey, and the series portrayed the variety of challenges faced. Some of the persons with dementia were able to afford and hire caregivers, others were reliant on family members, some of whom had to downsize their careers.
I strongly recommend this series for anyone (especially in Singapore) who wants to know about dementia and the treatment and support available. Singaporeans are at a higher risk of dementia than the developed Western world, for reasons that are not obvious.
You can watch a 10-minute trailer on Galen’s mother here:
The same page has links to the other 5 hour-long episodes which are:
Episode 1 – Do I Have Dementia?
Episode 2 – The Long Road Ahead (about young onset dementia)
Episode 3 – Caregivers and Loved Ones
Episode 4 – Beyond Medicine
Episode 5 – What the Future Holds
If you prefer Youtube, see the link below: