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Annie Longden (as Dame Thora Hird)
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Nurse one
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Gloria Brooks
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Fred Brooks
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Deric Longden and his wife, Aileen, come to terms with the fact that his mother, Annie, is getting too old to live on her own. Annie suffers her first stroke and a nursing home is the obvious solution, but which one and where? Written by Mort Kingsley

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Jennifer Luckraft who plays a nurse, and Tom Higgins who play a doctor in this, played a nursing assistant and doctor respectively in Children's Ward (1989). See more »

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Woman in wheelchair: [groans in pain] Aagh! Renal colic.
Annie Longden: [shakes woman's hand] Annie Longden. Pleased to meet you.
[to Deric]
Annie Longden: She must be French with a name like that.
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A brilliant TV movie which portrays the slow deterioration of an elderly parent which I have experienced first hand, it is very true to life. I know this after I looked after my Aunt who suffered with the terrible symptoms of dementia for over 4 years. I just wish it was available on DVD or VHS as it is discontinued now. Pity. Thora Hird is excellent as the old lady and plays the part brilliantly as do the rest of the cast. It shows how difficult dealing with dementia can be and shows the symptoms very well indeed. The frustrations of the disease are terrible and more people should be aware of what can happen to elderly people and could also happen to any one of us. This film should be shown to school children and carers of others dealing with dementia as it shows clearly the problems you may have to face.....if you do please remember that dementia patients are NOT mad....they have simply forgotten their life and friends / relatives....it is brain damage..they don't know! I found this the most difficult thing to cope with, the fact that she thought I was her Brother or her husband when in fact I was her Nephew...also saying they are OK and don't need any help. It is hard.


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