Frank Silverstein Untangles His Parents' Dementia Story in a Short FIlm
When his parents began to show early signs of dementia, independent documentary filmmaker Frank Silverstein captured their story with the camera on his iPhone. This resulted in a short film he titled Lousy: Love in the Time of Dementia. The film has gone on to receive positive reviews, was screened at London’s Global Health Film Festival and the New Haven Film Festival, as well as in support groups and classrooms for nursing, social work, and medical students.
Frank was a career network and cable TV producer at ABC-News 20/20, CNN, CBS News, and MSNBC. His stories have focused on the struggles and passions of people in the news and behind the scenes. He also produced several independent documentaries, including Canal Street River to River, which premiered on New York’s WNYC. He co-authored a book about entrepreneurship called “It’s Your Business,” published by Hachette. Currently, he is a consultant helping entrepreneurs and other professionals to find their voice and to tell their stories in video, text and still images for broadcast and social media.
In this episode, we discuss caring for two parents with dementia at the same time, supporting your caregiver sibling, and the value of support groups.