New Commercial Arts launches Alzheimer's Society campaign
The “It’s Not Called Getting Old” campaign launches at the beginning of Dementia Action Week, the charity's biggest and longest-running awareness campaign
16 May 2022
New Commercial Arts, with charity client Alzheimer’s Society, launch a new integrated awareness campaign, across Cinema, TV, Social & OOH.
"It's Not Called Getting Old” raises awareness of dementia symptoms and encourages people across the country to seek a dementia diagnosis if they are concerned.
In the film, directed by Billy Boyd Cape, we watch a man in his mid-seventies come to the realisation that the seemingly normal behaviour traits of his wife, are actually the signs of something being seriously wrong.
Consulting leading clinicians throughout the process, the campaign creative dramatises the symptoms of repetitive questioning and memory loss which can be signs of dementia but are often dismissed as signs of ageing.
The emotive spot will run alongside a wider media and marketing campaign which tells people that asking the same question over and over again is not called getting old, it’s called getting ill – and could be a sign of dementia.
A call to action then directs anyone with concerns about themselves or a loved one to Alzheimer’s Society for guidance and support.
The 90” edit of the campaign is launching on ITV on the 16th of May during ITV's Lorraine at 9:10am and will also be running in Cinema & on Social. OOH will be seen across some of the biggest advertising spaces across the UK.
Chris Gottlieb, Director of Marketing and Communications at Alzheimer’s Society, said: "Sadly, many people put off seeking a dementia diagnosis because they think memory loss is a normal part of ageing, or are even in denial. Yet our research shows that it's better to know - 9 In 10 people with dementia said they have benefitted from being diagnosed as it opens up the door to treatment, support and better planning for the future. We're delighted to have worked with people with dementia and NCA to bring this message to life through an emotive film capturing a couple at the beginning of their dementia journey, the point in time when they realise something isn't right. In just a short snapshot the creative portrays the fluctuating emotions many other families will be experiencing across the country; we want people to identify with it and make the first step towards diagnosis and support."
Ian Heartfield, Executive Creative Director, NCA said: “Repeating yourself is a behaviour that often gets brushed aside as being ‘just part of old age’. When we discovered that it could be a sign of dementia, it was a fact too powerful to ignore.”
Brand: Alzheimer’s Society
Campaign Name: It’s not called getting old
Agency: New Commercial Arts
Marketing and Communications Director: Chris Gottlieb
Associate Director, Brand & Marketing: Harriet Foxwell
Senior Marketing Manager: Jack Allen
Founder, Creative: Ian Heartfield
Founder, CEO: James Murphy
Founder, Strategy: David Golding
Art Director: Nici Hofer, Kenny Meek
Copywriter: Mary Johansen
Business Director: Lauren Nuttall
Account Director: Janki Shah
Senior Planner: John Blight
Head of Production: Matt Craigie-Atherton
Film Producer: Lucie Georgeson
Project Director: Sylvie Edwards
Design: King Henry Soho
Retouching: King Henry Soho
Production Company: Academy Films
Director: Billy Boyd Cape
Producer: Gemma Priggen
DoP: Molly Manning Walker
Editing Company: Tenthree Editing
Editor: Ellie Johnson
Post-Production: Selected Works
Post Producer: Katie Sharpe
Exec Producer: Sean Costelloe
Grade: Simone Grattarola @ Time Based Arts
Flame / VFX / Online: Robin McGloin
Music Composed by: Joel Hartman
Sound Design & Mix: Henning Knoepfel
Music & Sound Company: Soundtree Music
Published by: Soundtree Music Publishing Limited
Master Controlled by: Soundtree Music Limited