Head Full of Honey – ★★★★★
Shockingly, I can’t believe I’ve never watched this movie until now. A Head Full of Honey is a 2018 film (first aired in Canada in 2021). The movie is about a man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease after the loss of his wife. It embarks you on the journey of what happens with Alzheimer’s patients. In the movie, the man and his granddaughter end up taking one last trip together, and without giving too much away, you will be ugly crying. Bring the tissues.
This movie had me full-on crying… I won’t lie. I’m glad my husband was asleep. It was ugly. Honestly, I feel they really nailed Alzheimer’s in this movie. It’s an incredibly challenging disease for families. It showed the ups and the downs that families go through. An also brings in the tough choices families will need to make. Is a family able to be the care provider, or Is a care home a safer alternative? Honestly, I recommend you just go and watch it. It’s currently on Netflix in Canada.
My experience with Alzheimer’s Disease
When I was around 5-6, my grandfather on my Dad’s side of the family had started showing signs of Alzheimer’s. I was young, so I don’t remember much from it back in the ’90s. My parents ended up being his care-providers for a short time period. What I do remember is some of the weird things that happened.
For example, he once called the police in the middle of the night and told them we were holding him hostage. The police came in the middle of the night and surrounded the house…In retrospect, He really did think he was being held hostage by strangers.
There were good times, and there were bad times. As a young child, he didn’t seem to like me. I often remember I would hide under the table from him. Now I look back and see this as one of the first signs that he was starting to developed Alzheimer’s. Sadly, he did end up having to go into a care home, as his needs had exceeded what my parents were able to provide him. I remember he hated it there, and they would have him in a Broda chair, and he would break out of it. That was my first-hand experience with Alzheimer’s disease.
Frankly, It’s the first time in A LONG time that I’ve thought of Grandpa Earl. It makes me wonder how things would have been different if this all happened today. It would have been nice to get to know him more because I bet he had wonderful stories to tell. I’m sure he would love to hear that I myself, am now a nurse!
Nevertheless, back in the ’90s, Alzheimer’s wasn’t managed well, and honestly, there wasn’t as much research as there is now. However, caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease right now still has many struggles. Thankfully, we have learned many tricks and techniques that help. Many of which are also in the movie, music therapy, photo albums to relive the moments, and more. I’ve had the opportunity to care for many patients with Alzheimer’s disease as a care aide and nurse. Although I don’t really like long-term-care nursing, I always enjoyed these patients/residents. They always brought so much joy to my day, and hearing their stories was something I’ve always cherished as a care provider.
Have you ever had experience with Alzheimer’s diseases? If so, share in the comments below. I would love to hear your stories!
If you’re ever looking for some resources or information on Alzheimer’s, check out the following websites:
Lastly, this blog post is a bit out of my “usual” style. I was contemplating doing a “Friday Review Day” blog with reviews on books and movies. Please, let me know if this is something you would be interested in reading more often.