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Grace: The Alzheimer's Documentary (1991)

William Whiteford  |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: William Whiteford
  • Producers: Susan Hannah Hadary
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009G82UDW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Grace" stands out as the definitive documentation of Alzheimer’s disease, both following the progression of the disease and the inspirational care giving efforts of her husband over a period of seven years. The documentary starts in the early years of the disease when Grace Kirkland is already having short term memory problems, experiencing catastrophic outbursts when frustrated, and starting to get lost in parking lots. Her husband Glenn, makes sure to involve Grace in many of the things she has always enjoyed and with his help, her love of life, shines through the disease of Alzheimer’s. 

Four years later, Grace is having significant difficulties and often remains silent for days. Her rare words are greatly appreciated by her husband who has now assumed many more care giving responsibilities. Glenn, determined to keep Grace as active and independent as possible, uses cueing, and step by step guiding to involve her with dressing and eating.  
Three years pass and Grace no long has words. She has difficulty walking, and it’s questionable if she can recognize Glenn. Weeks later, hundreds of people attend her funeral and as the choir sings “Amazing Grace,” Glenn mourns the woman he has cared for with unrelenting love. Far more than a clinical study portraying the progression of dementia and the role of a caregiver, Grace inspires us to remember the meaning of unconditional love.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!!! Have yet to find anything better. February 18, 2013
I have been showing this to my Nurse Assistant classes for many years. To see the changes that happen to Grace during the stages of Alzheimers is an eye opener to the students. They see not only the behavioral changes and memory losses but the physical changes as well. Then there is her amazing husband who kept her mentally and physically active. One could only hope to have such a dedicated, loving and patient spouse. I recommed it to anyone caring for others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars help April 25, 2014
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I really want this dvd. My mom passed recently and I have been trying to understand. Unfortunately I do not have $200.00 to spare. Please if anyone knows where I can get a used copy...let me know♥
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grace for use in groups April 27, 2014
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Very thorough look at the progression of Alzheimer's, at times a little too much time was spent in some segments of the disease. The film is a bit dated in the technology that is portrayed, but the follow up of Grace's progress is timeless. A good presentation for groups in health care to talk about the impact of this disease.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grace: The Alzheimer's Documentary March 16, 2014
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It was very enlightening for my students who work with alzheimer's patients to see that they were once functioning members of society and about the struggle for the care givers.
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