More than 750,000 people in the UK have dementia and, as we are increasingly living longer, this number is growing. Dementia affects one person in 20 over the age of 65, and one person in five over the age of 80. Yet, as a condition, dementia remains largely misunderstood.
Award-winning documentary series “Losing Myself" reveals the personal experiences of four individuals with profound dementia, portraying the fractured and somewhat timeless nature of their lives. “Losing Myself” was commissioned by for Channel 4’s ‘Three Minute Wonder’ strand and was first broadcast in February 2007 and repeated on More4 in August 2007. “Losing Myself: Annie” was awarded Best Short Film at the BAFTA Scotland Awards 2007.
Prof. June Andrews, Director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, made the following comment on the series: "…These short films tell the story of those old people in a way that is emotionally arresting. Four people with dementia were captured in moments of breathtaking clarity, and the memorial to those people will be the use we can make of this material to influence policy and services. …These films will help us to make change happen."