My grandfather passed away from complications from dementia several years ago. This is a great opportunity to tell a really compelling story about how this disease affects those afflicted and impacts their families. But it would benefit from showing more and telling less.
The first person narration is great, because we get a your perspective on what it means to care for someone with dementia. But you've got great footage of your father as he is now and sometimes that's overshadowed by the narration. At one point you compare your father and your son, but that's best illustrated simply by the sequence of the three of you in the living room.
I'd love to hear stories from other family members about your father, then and now. Maybe get his doctor to comment on dementia? This is good, but it has tons of potential to craft a portrait of this heartbreaking disease.
I have a grandmother who has dementia as well, I find it incredibly fascinating, although devestating. I cannot have a full conversation with her, and have to repeat the same things over and over again. I am sorry that so many people are able to relate to this topic.
I am a 60 y/o grad. student majoring in Gerontology, the study of aging. This is a first hand story that most students should be able to experience, because there is little chance that they will see this in real life. This is sad in that he is here and then gone, however, it appears that the family is there for support. I would be interested in knowing what their support comes from.