Gran­dad, De­men­tia & Me

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doc­u­men­tary / times vary / BBC1

age catches up with all of us even­tu­ally, which makes this doc­u­men­tary essen­tial but dif­fi­cult view­ing. In 2014, Do­minic Sivyer’s gran­dad, Tom, was di­ag­nosed with vas­cu­lar de­men­tia and Do­minic de­cided to start film­ing him in a bid to make sense of the ill­ness and to hold on to the man he loved. The in­ti­mate film is shot over two years as Tom ex­pe­ri­ences vi­o­lent mood swings and short-term mem­ory loss. Wit­ness­ing Tom’s de­cline is heart­break­ing, made all the more so by his fam­ily’s in­abil­ity to do any­thing to help. Do­minic’s 80-year-old nan, Pam, is caught in the mid­dle, un­able to live with an abu­sive man whom she no longer recog­nises, but un­able to turn her back on her hus­band of 50 years.

Film­maker Do­minic with his beloved gran­dad and nan

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