Ticketyboo is an inspiring and confronting social impact drama exploring the deeply personal story of my artist-father's dementia. How I did and didn't cope sparked new awareness, activism and advocacy. Becoming aware of what we can do to keep connected to loved ones with dementia is an ever-changing process full of mixed emotion and opportunity to evolve as a human being. I make a major decision to get tested for the Alzheimer's gene then investigate what people from various cultures and nations do to make the most of life with a dementia diagnosis in the family. While I explore innovative research into a new way forward and ways to engage with dementia, I await the results of a test that could dramatically change my life.
A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
With dementia being the leading cause of death in Australian women, we need to engage in more positive ways with what diagnosis can mean. 1 in 2 people don't know what to do to help people with dementia and want to know more. This was uncovered in a Dementia Australia survey and, along with Article 25 of the Human Rights Charter, inspired the documentary. The film seeks to inform and empower people now as well as future generations with real ways of interacting with dementia and making a difference. It begins with awareness, activism and advocacy.
What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?
Raise awareness - inspire activism - generate advocacy.
I will advocate for taking the Alzheimer’s Gene test. The number of people taking the test after seeing the documentary offers a measurable outcome.
We also want to speak to the survey result: ‘1 in 2 people don’t know how to talk to a person with dementia but would like to know more’ by exploring artistic, compassionate innovations in design for dementia care.
We seek to change cultural attitudes to nursing homes & offer a beacon of hope.
What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?
We aim to demystify dementia by increasing awareness of dementia management tools. Currently only 50% of Australians understand how to care for someone with dementia. We want to increase this to 75% 12 months after the first screening.
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
We are currently in discussions with Dementia Australia.
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?
Viewers will be able to better understand options and push for change for a kinder care for their loved ones suffering dementia.
Measurement and Evaluation
What is the projects indicators for success?
12 months after the documentary first screens we will measure awareness of dementia management tools/techniques.