This is a film about memory loss in old age. The title of the film ‘Primum non forgetful’ explores part of our Hippocratic Oath when it comes to the medical approach to memory loss. Primum non nocere, as stated by Hippocrates, translates as: first, above all, do no harm. This film, Primum non forgetful, argues that we have lost sight of the range of reasons behind forgetfulness in age.

This film is presented in two parts: the first part will explore the current drive and seemingly universal imperative to diagnose dementia early. Increasingly this determination is effectively translating into widespread cognitive screening of our elderly. Whilst it remains important to tackle the delayed diagnosis of dementia the film will close by suggesting potential harms of the urge to diagnose earlier and earlier.

Disclaimer: this film does not represent the views of any organisation. Any opinions offered by the filmmaker are done so in a ‘personal capacity’ only.

The music is by Dexter Britain. He kindly provides his tracks through common-license. They can be sourced at the Vimeo music store:

1. "After Christmas" by Dexter Britain (
2. "Seeing The Future" by Dexter Britain (
3. "Nights Tale" by Dexter Britain (

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