Filmmaker to speak about Alzheimer’s


The creator and director of the documentary, “Forgetful Not Forgotten,” will be telling his story about his father’s early onset of Alzheimer’s disease next Tuesday (Oct. 27) at the Townshend Theatre here.
Chris Wynn will make a free presentation from 7-8 p.m. and everyone is invited (doors open at 6;30 p.m.)
“He’ll be talking about how important it is to have support, and how family members have to work together to make this journey as easy as possible for everybody involved,” said Nancy Daley-Fulton, educator/trainer with the Fort Frances branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
The local CMHA partnered with the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts and the local campus of Confederation College to bring Wynn to town.
Wynn will be showing clips of his documentary. But due to the limited time allotted for the presentation, he won’t be able to show the full film.
Daley-Fulton noted an early-onset diagnosis is the term used for anyone under 65 who is diagnosed with a dementia.
Wynn’s father was 57 at the time he was diagnosed.
Wynn left his job and decided to make a documentary, chronicling his family’s journey through the illness up to his father’s last days.
“He’s going to talk about how to talk to someone who has Alzheimer’s, and caregiver support and the importance of that, and how to prepare for moving someone into a home and what people might expect to experience,” said Daley-Fulton.
People whose parents have early-onset Alzheimer’s often fear it will happen to them, as well—and Wynn will cover that.
“You start to question, ‘Am I going to have this? Am I going to be diagnosed?’” Daley-Fulton said.
“There’s a concern that it’s hereditary and some early onset is hereditary,” she noted. “It’s genetically passed.
“And he talks about those fears, as well.”
Tuesday’s presentation is for “absolutely anybody and everybody” who has ever been touched by Alzheimer’s disease or any dementia—family members, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, and health-care professionals.
“All of us, as we age, start to become concerned about our forgetfulness—where did I park the car?” said Daley-Fulton.
“I know I’ve had times when I was standing up in front of a group of people doing a presentation and mid-sentence I forget what I was talking about,” she admitted.
“It was there a minute ago,” she added. “And we all have those fears.”
Alzheimer’s disease is growing. As of 2011, there were 747,000 Canadians living with Alzheimer’s.
By 2031, it’s estimated that number will grow to 1.4 million.
“I hope that we can see lots of people come out to this because there’s so much information,” said Daley-Fulton.
“It is such a human story, it’s so real,” she added.