Filming with the Alzheimer’s Society

I split my work hours last Wednesday to enable another lot of filming, this time for the Alzheimer’s Society themselves. I’m lucky that I can work from home so did 6-12 and then finished my hours after they’d left.

It was so funny when the lovely Rebecca (producer), Hannah (sound recordist) and Joe (Alzheimer’s volunteer and chief helper)  arrived. I don’t know why but I hadn’t expected so much equipment. Bit silly of me really as they need just as much as everyone else! In they trundled with suitcases, bags and tripods……..chaos ensued while they set everything up.

They wanted to make 3 films, one to be used for the Dementia Awareness Week in May. For both of them we had to film minus glasses – I’ve forgotten already why! But it made sense at the time. So apologies to family and friends who know me only in glasses – it might look a tad strange when you see it (who said ‘you always look strange’….!) My thinking was ‘does it matter’ – my new phrase of the moment.

For one of the films, I had to learn a script and talk straight to camera………there was a plan B in case I couldn’t get it all in one go. We were going to break it down into sections and then intersperse footage of me to cover the breaks. Luckily I wrote most of it – they’d just tweaked it to fit the circumstance better – so constant repetition over the previous 2 days was hopefully going to see me OK. We went for the first take and it felt like everyone was holding their breath as they waited to see if I got to the end. Doh! Stumbled over a couple of sentences……we did 5 takes in the end I think and I got there eventually – huge sighs of relief all round. You can see it on the Alzheimer’s Society Facebook page as it was released on Monday to celebrate Julianne Moore winning the Oscar – another magic moment for awareness.

We then took some shots of me pottering around, as you do. Finally we did a short interview for the Dementia Awareness Week. As always, it was all good fun with really delightful people.

All the media interest is coming to an end now. Today is the last planned interview, for Woman and Home magazine. It’s been interesting to see that side of things, but will be nice just to get back to normal. I much prefer just writing my blog and articles.

Remember each and every person diagnosed with dementia is unique. My story is just exactly that, my experience. I represent those living with dementia in the press and on film simply to raise awareness.

 

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

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