by Juliet Holt Klinger
07 September 2018

Earlier this year I was contacted by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and asked if Brookdale would like to showcase our work in dementia care in an international documentary. ADI was working with the United Kingdom’s Independent Television News (ITN) to produce a piece on the global impact of Alzheimer’s disease entitled Every Three Seconds.

Of course, we jumped at the chance to participate in this rare collaborative look at the cutting edge of the response to this universal disease. For our piece of the documentary, the teams at ADI and ITN were particularly interested in showing the rest of the world what state of the art care looks like in America. We chose to feature two of our communities in Ohio: our Clare Bridge program at Brookdale Westlake Village in Westlake, Ohio, and our Crossings program at Brookdale Montrose in Montrose, Ohio. (Crossings is our early stage program.)

Next came the task of organizing the film shoots and working with both families and residents to be on camera. We were so pleased to feature the stories of actual Clare Bridge residents and their daughters. We first interviewed Lori Turner whose parents, Dave and Betty, live in Crossings at Brookdale Montrose and then later in the afternoon we met with Sherrie Matteson whose mom, Margie, is a resident in Clare Bridge at Brookdale Westlake Village. Between interviewing Lori and Sherrie, we filmed what’s called “B-roll” footage at both locations and this is where we really captured the life inside a Clare Bridge. There was dancing, laughing, baking, gardening, and even a few dirty jokes! I think the cameraman and reporter were both pleasantly surprised at just what a powerful day this was for them. The unpredictable nature of dementia makes it difficult to script much, so what was captured in our segment was very true to the real-life day to day experience of our residents.

We are so proud of the work we do in Clare Bridge and were so pleased to be able to be a part of this documentary. It was a wonderful experience to remind us as we kick off World Alzheimer’s Month this September that we are all a part of a greater whole when it comes to fighting for an improved quality of life and less stigma for those living with dementia.

For more on the details of the documentary click here. The entire documentary is two hours in length and full of truly great information from thought leaders in the Alzheimer’s and dementia space from around the world, but if you want to just watch the shorter Brookdale section, there’s a link for that too.

 

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