“’So what does this mean?’ is the palpable question at most every visit when someone is diagnosed with a dementia. This film is an excellent way to begin to answer that question. It is a collection of personal reflections showing that life goes on…and we will live each day to the fullest.

Barbara Klutinis’ film gets to the heart of what it’s really like to be newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. We have found spouses greatly appreciate the film’s message that a relationship can go on, despite this disease process. We give out copies of The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing Alzheimer’s Together as part of our comprehensive education around what one might expect along the journey.”

-Catherine Madison, MD: Director CPMC Brain Health Center, San Francisco, CA

          “The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing Alzheimer’s Together beautifully demonstrates the complexities of loving relationships through heartfelt interviews that capture the perspective of the person living with dementia and their partner. Through this incredibly honest and candid dialogue, one is provided the unique opportunity to gain a solid understanding of these diverse, intimate relationships, understand their struggles and joy, and witness the respectful relationships that these couples have built and continue to maintain. This film is a valuable tool for both professionals and families alike who are faced with Alzheimer’s.”

-Judy Filippoff: Early Stage Program Coordinator,The Alzheimer’s Association,Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter

“This film is a valuable asset for families facing memory problems. The people in the film face disease with grace and dignity and, therefore, have a strong story to share.”

-Dr. Bruce Miller, Director of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center



Washington Post, April 17, 2015: Documentary Explores How Couples Deal With Alzheimer’s by Frederick Kunkle

Quote from The Bay Guardian, 6/4/13 (www.sfbg.com/2013/06/04/realness?page=0,1)

“Another local film about courage in the face of a devastating illness can be found in The Sum Total of Our Memory, Barbara Klutinis’ sensitive, surprisingly optimistic look at married couples grappling with Alzheimer’s disease. The 30-minute film, which draws on both interviews and experimental-film techniques, is a high point in the festival’s shorts program devoted to Bay Area filmmakers.”

Quote from The Island Packet, 2/15/2014


“Arlene Hull, executive director of Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort, ha another honor in store for a film festival finalist, The Sum Total of Our Memory. The documentary, directed by Barbara Klutinis of San Francisco, follows the emotional journey of couples recently diagnosed with Early Alzheimer’s. As Hull spoke, members of the audience stood, shrouded in purple scarves, to represent the 79 people in America diagnosed with Alzheimer’s since the beginning of the awards ceremony. Hull presented Klutinis with the first World Without Purple Award.”


The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing Alzheimer`s Together - DVD Running time: 57 min.