5 Eye-Opening Documentaries About Dementia

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These documentaries tell you everything.

If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with dementia, it can be very overwhelming. There are different forms of information that you can go about educating yourself about the condition and one of them is documentaries.

We have found five eye-opening documentaries that investigate diseases like Alzheimer's, explain what exactly dementia is, and show personal stories of people who have been diagnosed with dementia.

Check 'em out below, and don't forget to add them to your must-watch list!

1. Untangling Alzheimer's

This documentary follows David Suzuki who investigates the latest breakthroughs in what causes Alzheimer's. His mother and several of his relatives were diagnosed with dementia.

His curiosity to better understand the condition drove him to research more about it. The documentary features people who share their own story about the condition, doctors, and researchers who are trying to understand what causes Alzheimer's and if there is a cure.

2. Glenn Campbell: I'll Be Me

Grammy award-winning musician Glenn Campbell sets off on a goodbye tour after he's diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The documentary follows Campbell as he puts on his last show and how his fans and fellow musicians praise him.

3. Alive Inside

Dan Cohen started a nonprofit organization, Music and Memory, which helps dementia patients with music therapy. This documentary film shows real-life stories of people with the condition and their reaction to music therapy.

4. The Truth About Dementia

This BBC documentary is an intimate look at dementia, as it follows a man who has been recently diagnosed with dementia and shows how his family copes with the condition. It shows videos of their day-to-day routines and how the condition starts to affect their lives.

5. Do You Know What My Name Is?

The documentary shows patients battling dementia and how they are slowly forgetting names and memories. But Neuroscientist Ryuta Kawashima uses brain exercises in an effort to reverse the symptoms of dementia.

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