Four Corners - Journey of No Return

Each week more than a thousand Australians are delivered the cruel diagnosis: they have dementia - incurable, untreatable, terminal. Loved ones watch it suck the vitality out of the feisty mother or wisecracking husband they once knew, leaving a shell behind.
Almost a century to the day since Alzheimer's disease was first documented, waves of dementia roll through the generations. About 200,000 Australians are sufferers now; by 2050 the number is expected to exceed 700,000. Within a decade, dementia will be Australia’s number one disability.
Daunting numbers show the big picture but miss the close-up. To gauge the deeply personal impact of this disease Four Corners follows three people with dementia, their partners and loved ones, over 12 months. This program by Anne Connolly chronicles the undeniable sadness of the descent into dementia. But it is also testament to the power of enduring and unconditional love.

This program is released for non theatrical use within educational, government and business organisations. Additional payments under a Screenrights licence are not required. Please contact us for Exhibition or Streaming Licences.

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Production Year: 
2006
Duration: 
45 mins
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Standard $165
Schools $88
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