Freshrb, Silent Elephant Project Corner: In Their Eyes
Silent Elephant Project is an accredited short film workshop that brings University students and school students to investigate, research and co-produce fictional storylines that raise the awareness of factual marginalised health conditions that affect our communities.
'In Their Eyes' is a short film raising awareness of dementia, specifically drawing attention to the perspective of the carers of those with dementia. University of Manchester student Dylan Price wrote the script for 'In Their Eyes' from his own experience with dementia, highlighting how it affects the lives of dementia carers, as well as the patient.
Manchester Metropolitan University student Sarah Atkinson designed the set and co-produced the short film. Realising that she is one of the few people who has no direct experience of dementia, Sarah did some research about the charities out there who support the people affected by dementia. The research made it clear that there is a desperate need to support the carers, who are often family members, caring for free. It is estimated 2/3 of the cost of care is paid by people with dementia and their families.
While researching, Sarah reached out to Age UK Manchester, who support older people through all the boroughs of Greater Manchester. Part two of the Silent Elephant Project Corner dementia podcast was recorded in the Age UK Manchester offices, where you will hear Freshrb CEO Babz talk with Terri Torvell about her work with Age UK, previous charity work, but importantly her own experience of dementia, and her feedback on the short film.
Hover over the boxes below to find out some statistics you may not have known about dementia.