‘I’m drowning. I am in a deep place. There’s no escape.’
‘He’s not the man he was.’
‘Having a bad memory is not Alzheimer’s. We get older, there’s more to remember…’
‘You were like a flower that turns to the sun. We had a decade of dementia together. I will treasure the memory.’
‘Don’t Leave Me Now’ explores the impact of early onset dementia on two contrasting families. It communicates the ups and downs of life on the dementia pathway over a number of years. It effectively balances despair with humour by portraying the everyday lives of five people making a journey into the unknown as the disease progresses. Husband and wife June and Chris, and their daughter Lauren; same-sex couple Judy and Penny.
All of them struggle to comprehend and cope with the nature and extent of the drama unfolding before them. Each responds differently to the challenges that lie before them. Gradually anger, confusion and denial give way to coping, acceptance, resolution and friendship.