MUCH TOO YOUNG, is a feature-length documentary about young caregivers all dealing with a parent who has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. This film will follow each of them as they cope with their life at home, caring for an ailing parent. They are all coming to terms with the fact that they are Much Too Young to face this harsh reality.
Taking care of an elderly parent is something that every child knows they will have to do at some point. But not everyone anticipates becoming a caregiver for a parent before they have a family, career or life of their own. Most twenty-somethings are in the early stages of their careers, dating and struggling to shape their identity in the real world. Traditionally, this is a period when young people are still tied to home because they rely on their parents for advice and money. Today, more and more young adults are moving back home to help care for a parent. They have to put their own lives on hold in order to help out at home. Alzheimer’s disease is more prevalent now than ever, and is starting to affect people in their fifties. Many of these families have kids in their twenties, who are taking on significant responsibilities as young caregivers.
“Dr. William Beardslee presents on the increasingly strong evidence base for mental health promotion and prevention for children, youth and families. He emphasizes the importance of a developmental perspective by using different kinds of interventions across the span of childhood. Dr. Beardslee’s presentation discusses the benefits of a system with fully implemented mental health preventions. He focuses specifically on parental depression and after briefly reviewing what is known about its costs and prevalence, he discusses a variety of preventive interventions that offer considerable promise. In terms of adolescents and adults, cognitive-behavioral approaches have demonstrated that it is actually possible to prevent episodes of major depression including youngsters at high risk because their parents are depressed. He advocates the potential of a prevention model in Canada.”
Dr. Brenda Gladstone, Research Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), discusses Children of Parents with Mental Illness and their needs in this article that was posted on February 18, 2013.
In this article Brad Morgan, Director of Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI), discusses the experiences of COPMI in developing resources and training in collaboration with families who have a parent with a mental illness and the professionals that work with them. Click here for this March 12, 2014 article on the Australian Government website.
Excerpt: In The Fog of Paranoia: A Sister’s Journey Through Her Brother’s Schizophrenia, Sarah Rae shares with us not only the sifting through the memories of growing up with her brother and the slow uncovering of his schizophrenia, but also the transition to the after — of living with a sort of survivor’s guilt and moving on with her life while still supporting her sibling. Whether or not you have personal experience with mental illness in your loved ones, the book is an honest and revealing memoir of one family’s struggle.
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