Singapore Mental Health Film Festival 2019 | FILM: Much Too Young
Much Too Young
Chris Wynn / Canada
2017 / 80 minutes / English / PG13 / Some Coarse Language
Much Too Young is a documentary that follows four families as they deal with Alzheimer’s disease at a shockingly young age.
Alzheimer’s disease has dramatically altered the lives of these teenagers and twenty-somethings as they live day-to-day, shouldering the burden of helping care for their parents. The film reveals the intense relationships between each family member, and how the family dynamic has altered from a typical parent-child relationship.
The film powerfully demonstrates how this disease not only affects the person diagnosed and the primary caregiver, but how it takes a toll on the family and someone in the prime of their lives – the children caregivers.
“I can’t believe the stuff that we were handling when I was 21…going through things like having to sign powers of attorney, talking about the path this would go, and the long-term planning of end of life care,” — Kathryn Fudurich, Young caregiver featured in Much Too Young
“The title Much Too Young is particularly apt. This heart-wrenching yet insightful documentary not only focuses on those afflicted with early onset dementia, but also on their children who have been thrust into unanticipated roles as caregivers at much too young an age..” — Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette
“In our twenty years of making films about social issues, we feel that Much Too Young might be one of the most important projects we’ve ever undertaken. This film highlights the strength of these remarkable young caregivers.” — Mark Johnston & Amanda Handy, Nomad Films
2018 Canadian Screen Awards Nomination for Best Documentary Award
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Between Earth and Sky
Alecia Neo / Singapore
2018 / 8 minutes / English / PG
What does the weight of caregiving look like? Whose weight do we bear? Can we share it?
These are some questions explored by Alecia and a group of caregivers from Singapore during this year long project. She became drawn to working with this group after personally listening to their stories at a local non-profit organisation over 12 weeks.
An intimate portrait of a community of caregivers and a performance project, Between Earth and Sky seeks to make visible the contributions and needs of caregivers who care for persons with mental illness. The lack of support and stigma towards mental health affects caregivers who often bear the emotional and financial weight of caring for their loved ones.
After undergoing a series of movement workshops, the caregivers were invited to devise a personal performance which draw from their caregiving journeys to create narratives and expressive movements which symbolise new ways of being.
“There’s this notion that socially engaged art is about serving the community. But it’s a two-way relationship. As artists, we would always have our own agendas, and it’s important to be clear to the community what those agendas are. At the same time, the artist has to consider the community’s agenda, and take into account that the community might not want to do things the artist’s way all the time.” — Alecia Neo, Visual Artist
2016 National Arts Council (Singapore) Young Artist Award
Young Caregivers for Persons with Dementia
With dementia hitting individuals at a younger age where they are in the prime of their career and family, financial and emotional strains are often amplified. However, the strains faced by these young families are often overlooked.
On this panel, we will speak specifically on the diagnosis of young onset dementia, and how this illness can affect the functioning of younger families. We will explore the resources and support available to young caregivers in Singapore, and how individuals can navigate through potential caregivers’ stress and guilt. We will also dialogue on the importance of ‘speaking out’ and ‘having a voice’ as a caregiver, and how we, as a society, can support their caregiving journey.
Though specific to young onset dementia, this panel is also well applicable to individuals interested to understand about young caregivers in general.
(L-R Noorlinah Mohamed, Robing Ng, Melissa Chan, Stephen Chan, Linda Lim)
Noorlinah Mohamed is an award-winning actress, a teaching artist, creator of public engagement projects and a caregiver to her mother who is diagnosed with dementia. She has delivered talks, participated in panels and workshops as well as created a performance called ‘Recalling Mother’ produced by Checkpoint Theatre to raise awareness on dementia and caregiving. She is a recipient of the JCCI Cultural Award (2008) and the Women’s Weekly Women of Our Time Award (2005) for her contribution to the arts.
Robing Ng has been caring for his mother, Sally, who was diagnosed with Frontal Temporal Lobe Dementia (FTD), a rare form of dementia at the age of 62. As a caregiver, Robing experiences stress and mental exhaustion.
Melissa Chan is the Head of Community and Outreach, Homage. She is also the Founder of Project We Forgot (PWF), a community for caregivers to persons with dementia. She was inspired by her journey in caring for her father, who had young-onset dementia. She also serves on the steering committee for the World Young Leaders in Dementia Network.
Stephen Chan is the Manager of the Alzheimer’s disease Association (ADA) Caregiver Support Centre. He has provided consultation and training to family caregivers, professional caregivers, as well as eldercare services providing care to persons with dementia. He has been involved as a member of the Ministry of Health Dementia Care Taskforce.
Linda Lim is an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) with the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) and the first APN in dementia service. Linda is a seasoned speaker in the community, organising public memory screenings to create awareness for dementia and collaborating with other organisations to create job opportunities especially for the Young Onset Group. Her work interest covers the Young Onset Group and support for children/teens.
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