More Than a Thousand Tomorrows
By James Vanden Bosch
One of the rarely discussed effects of Alzheimer's disease is its impact on intimacy and sexuality. In the award winning video, A Thousand Tomorrows, several spouses of people with Alzheimer's spoke candidly about the blurring of their roles, about changes in behavior that affect intimacy, and about the whole range of complicated emotions surrounding their wife's or husband's illness. The film set a tone of candor and respect that was extremely helpful in confronting the difficulties which both family members and professionals can have in discussing these issues.
Of particular interest in this program were the interviews with Everett and Betty Jordan. Betty, who was in the fairly early stages of the disease, was able to share in the discussion of how it was affecting her as well as her husband. This new video revisits Everett and Betty at one and six years later, to follow the changes in their lives as Betty's Alzheimer's gradually worsened, and she eventually needed to be placed in a nursing home. Central to the video is Everett's candid discussion of his feelings and decisions regarding the changes in his ongoing intimate relationship with Betty during those years, and how he has coped.
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"An immensely touching program...[Everett's] strategies and decisions regarding how to cope with his wife's deteriorating mental condition over the years will break viewers' hearts, while at the same time filling them with admiration for the man's steadfastness. A must-see for anyone whose life is affected by this cruelest of diseases...highly recommended for both aging and general collections." Video Librarian
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National Council on Family Relations Media Award
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