At a time when 75% of people in America know someone with dementia, few people know how to connect with people in this condition in emotionally meaningful ways, including their friends and loved ones.
Love Is Listening: Dementia Without Loneliness brings globally recognized authorities in the arts, science, and spiritual traditions together to reveal how we can move from fear to being with people with dementia–indeed, with anyone who disturbs us. This documentary marks a new day in our understanding of what it means to truly listen.
This film is a gift to humanity! The message—this loving, necessary, and crucial message—is so clearly communicated and exquisitely beautiful.
In this documentary, Evelyn Glennie explains the importance of listening to people who have become withdrawn and ultimately isolated in their own shells by dementia or Alzheimers. We have so much to gain by listening to and connecting with these people - much more than we might think. I hope this film gets the attention it deserves.
To listen to the voices of others – whether friends, family or strangers – is to be touched and awakened. Love Is Listening promises to be fascinating, compelling and important.
Our first documentary, There Is a Bridge, aired on PBS in 2007.
It challenges conventional notions of people with dementia and includes interviews with preeminent thinkers and poignant footage of family members, care partners, and students creating emotionally rich relationships with people with dementia.
“I saw this video a few days ago at an Alzheimer's Foundation of America conference in Miami. The clip of Gladys and Naomi is a reminder of why we do what we do. While each of us contributes a piece to the puzzle in our respective professions, let this clip serve as a reminder and as a beacon of hope during the tough times. Gladys proves that there is always hope for that one special moment, even when hope seems lost.”
“I watched this wonderful documentary with a hospice volunteer group last night. All 18 of us were touched by the love & caring of so many people! I have volunteered with Beacon Hospice of NH for more than a year visiting Alzheimer's patients many times. This documentary has shown me so many ways to try and communicate better with these wonderful people. Thank you! ”
“I use this video to help train volunteers who work with our residents and every time I watch it, I get something new, feel something different, and learn more. I love the fact that this training focuses on connecting. Relationship. Love. Every time I see the video, I get a new passion for working with seniors with dementia. ”
“My sister and I watched the DVD last week and were both so moved by the wonderful connection that can be re-gained when one has a family member with Alzheimers. It has re-affirmed our feeling that there is always a way to "reach" that person that has slipped away from the "real" world. Everyone who works and/or loves a person with Alzheimers must see "There is a Bridge". Life, at whatever level, is a gift. ”