Beyond Memory: A Documentary About Dementia

Beyond Memory: A Documentary About Dementia

The new documentary Beyond Memory is an intimate revelation of what it's like to live with dementia, or to love someone with this disease.

The five individuals and families profiled in the film offer an essential lesson about living each day. Elaine, diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at just 47, works to keep her brain active, and becomes the first known Canadian with Alzheimer's to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. A 1950s rhythm & blues star, 82-year-old Milton can't remember the words to songs but can still show off the dance moves that first attracted his wife, Ruby. George gave up his job and moved home when his mother's memory failed. He patiently reminds her of all the important details in her life, save one: Alberta's forgotten she has Alzheimer's. Gord, a former Revelstoke maintenance supervisor for CP Rail, works closely with his wife, Claudia, to make plans for his future. And, suffering from a rare and fast-moving form of dementia, 57-year-old Dede has pretty much had her memory wiped clean. Yet, when her husband, Gerry, enters the room, she smiles. Her connection to him has survived her memory.

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Credits
  • producer
    Sharon Bartlett
    Maria LeRose
  • director
    Sharon Bartlett
    Maria LeRose
  • narrator
    Maria LeRose
  • director of photography
    Max Lindenthaler
  • additional camera
    Geoff Rogers
  • location sound
    George Colmer
    Brent Calkin
    Marc Benoit
    Richard Crooks
    Peter Kepkay
  • off-line editing
    Christopher Holmes
  • original music
    Lesley Sutherland
  • online editing
    Brice Dowd
  • unit manager
    Laura Grieco
  • video graphics artist
    Tim Johnson
  • sound editor
    Marc Benoit
  • VTR
    Renee Dion
  • content expert
    Howard Feldman
    Ian MacKenzie
    Kiran Rabheru
  • participant
    Elaine Wright
    Gord Grant
    Claudia Grant
    Milt Murrill
    Ruby Murrill
    George Tomlinson
    Alberta Tomlinson
    Gerry Matier
    Dede Jamieson
  • manager of production and development
    David Gullason
  • director of programming
    Sarah MacDonald
    Michele Paris