(Study Guide) The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye follows the journeys of three families living with dementia as they struggle to maintain the identity and dignity of those they love. Filmed over a 3 year period, the documentary celebrates the capacity of the human spirit to search for meaning and hope when the end is known and inescapable.

The Long Goodbye would be an excellent film to show to middle, senior and tertiary students across a number of subject areas including Health and Personal Development, Community Services Studies including Studies of Ageing and Family Studies. For students interested in working in Geriatric Services and undertaking certificates in Personal Care and/or Aged Care, this film has much to offer and explore through discussion of some of the issues raised. For Media and Film Studies students this is a fine example of a sensitively made documentary that shows people at their most vulnerable while retaining a respectful distance and respect for their dignity and need for privacy.

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