VJ & Chuck

The dementia journey is one of profound loss. Often lost can be the ability—or even the opportunity—to describe the experience directly. This powerful new short film by Joe Becker and ThinkFilm, Inc. (www.thinkfilm-inc.com) captures the impact of a prevalent young-onset form of dementia, frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), from the perspective of the person diagnosed.

Although FTD has affected VJ Anastasia’s movement, behavior and ability to communicate—forcing her and her husband Chuck to restructure their entire lives—she and Chuck draw strength from their nearly 40-year long bond.

The film is based on interviews with VJ and Chuck, other persons diagnosed and their loved ones. It will be of interest to anyone whose life has been touched by dementia—and it should be shared widely to bring new awareness of this disease.

FTD is far too little-known today, despite the fact that it is the most common form of dementia for people under 60. Share the film with friends, colleagues, loved ones and on your social networks today – and hasten forward a world in which FTD and all forms of dementia are effectively diagnosed, treated, prevented and ultimately cured.