The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that more than 250,000 children in the United States are helping provide care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease. Caregiving for someone with dementia is a stressful duty that will take its toll on anyone, but little research has been done on the effects it has on children that act as caregivers.
In 2007 YouTube held a Short Film competition and the winner was a short called My Name is Lisa. The 6 minute video depicts a child who is attempting to review books on her web cam, but keeps getting interrupted by her mother who has Alzheimer’s. The award brought unprecedented attention to Alzheimer’ Disease and child caregiving. The short film packs a powerful, meaningful punch in six short minutes. If you haven’t seen the video before, you should watch it now: