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The Long Goodbye

An award winning story about Matt and May - Both well into retirement, May has alzheimers - This is a tale of love, loss, life and a solemn promise

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Documentary maker: Sarah Neville

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Documentary maker: Liam O'Brien

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The Long Goodbye

Seven years ago May started mislaying her handbag and amounts of money and her husband Matt noticed that she would start to cry during the day. She was diagnosed with depression but after a year and a half, it finally emerged that May had Alzheimer's disease.

On the verge of his retirement, Matt was now facing a new journey with his wife May, as her carer. The couple moved from their home in London back to her hometown in the midlands.

As May's illness has progressed, the couple have swapped roles. Matt has taken over all domestic tasks, a world he never inhabited during the first few decades of their marriage. As her carer and husband, Matt acts as May's voice and is her rock.
This documentary looks at the relationship between Matt and May, as May's ability to communicate decreases with progression of the illness while Matt's responsibilities for her care continue.

Compiled and presented by Sarah Neville
Production Supervision Liam O'Brien

First broadcast 20th January 2007.

An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries

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