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Selected Film:

Dotty

Selected Film:

Dotty

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About the Filmmaker

Mick has worked in TV and film in both New Zealand and the UK for almost 20 years. His recent work includes two short documentaries currently playing at film festivals. He loves using film to tell stories with a heartbeat. Brett’s background is in acting and music. Brett has played many roles on both stage and screen including Sir David Frost in the UK Telefeature about Peter Cook, Not Only, But Always.

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Take an inventory of your most meaningful memories

  • As we all are destined to suffer some memory loss if we are lucky enough to live long enough, what can we do to prepare and face our diminished future selves? One possible answer: document the memories that are most important to you now. Write out a list of memories that you feel are the most meaningful and relevant to the person you are today.
  • Over the next few days, take the time to fill in as much of the details of each memory as you can. Then, plan to revisit the list over the coming months and years to add other memories and experiences.

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24 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Very sad although funny at times.

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    • Anna Marion Wildey

      How did you get… that the nurse was her daughter? What clues old you that?

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      • Anonymous

        At the very end after they sent the message it shows a phone off in the distance beeping as a text was received.

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  2. marydoumin

    So TRUE! Loving nurse to have that much patience! For the compassion and love of elderly!

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  3. Anonymous

    I don’t think you get it. It was her daughter Carol and she didn’t realize she was sitting next to her.

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  4. Anonymous

    My father has Alzheimer’s, it is a horrible disease. Bless Carol. She was so patient with her mother.

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  5. Samela Dingus

    Wow, I got chills the minute the text message beeped! So intense, so thoughtful, so sad. I used to regret that my Mom died when I was so young, don’t know if it was better than if she ultimately lost her memory.

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  6. Wuanita Webb-Glaser

    The film was very provocative and thought provoking. Were it not for the grace of God there go I. I think it’s very helpful and reassuring to allow the elderly to do as much for themselves for as long as they can because it gives them a sense of independence, value and self worth.

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  7. Fay Simpson

    I love Dotty’s tenacity to send the message. She never gives up. And the daughter feels that. So moving.

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  8. Vicki

    Daughter was ver patient! That made me happy, but I was also very sad for the daughter. It is very difficult to understand when people have dementia . Especially ones parents. Very touching film.

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  9. Anonymous

    very sad and hopefully something that I won’t have to suffer through. But then again there are no guarantees about health and how we handle it.

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  10. Anonymous

    makes you think and appreciate you own life

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  11. Anonymous

    This reminds me to be patient with elderly people

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  12. Anonymous

    I relate to all characters. What’s the point?

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  13. Anonymous

    we all need to have patient

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  14. Sassy

    Sad but true, reminds me of my mom.

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  15. Candace Coonrod

    I can just see myself as Dotty someday. I hope I have people as patient as her daughter around me.

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  16. Anonymous

    That was beautiful! What a loving and kind daughter.

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  17. Anonymous

    So sad. For those of us who have been there our hearts break again with every story we hear.

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  18. Denise

    We need to be patient and thoughtful to the elderly. Just put my mom in hospice and I need to help her through her journey.

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  19. Anonymous

    I’m crying. Heartbreaking for Carol to be sitting next to her mother who doesn’t know her. My younger sister (50’s) has memory problems. I have no idea how quickly it will progress. I dread the day she will not know me. For now I try to be patient and calm when she is confused, and spend as much time with her as possible tho she is a 6 hour drive away. Having a disability related to the brain is so hard because it is invisible. A reminder to be kind and patient to everyone.

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  20. Saoudy A. Saoudy

    How proud the elderly are.Although they get weaker and slower, they try to still feel in control. I believe that she sent the letter to another phone in the same room.May be she has no family. Great ending.

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  21. anonymous

    It was hard to watch as Dotty struggled to do what she wanted to do and how Carol struggled to be patient with her. Sad for both of them but for different reaaons.

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  22. Anonymous

    It just broke my heart, reminded me a bit to closely of the last months with my Dad. Being a caregiver is hard, watching your favourite person in the world slowly fade and lose their memories is emotional torture. Very well done and honest piece of work.

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