Still Alice, Still No Cure ~

I  like to keep this blog uplifting and positive, but once in awhile if it’s important to me, I veer off message.

My sweet, amazing hero dad has Alzheimers disease.

It is slowly robbing him of his dignity, his joy, his pride….but mercifully not his wonderful sense of humor… yet.  It’s painful to watch, and oh, so sad.

If you haven’t seen the movie Still Alice, out this week nationally, and you love or know someone with Alzheimers disease, you should.

Based on the book written by Lisa Genova, Still Alice is the story of  50 year old Alice Howland.FullSizeRender 56 Alice (played brilliantly by Julianne Moore, who is Oscar nominated for her performance,) is a tenured cognitive psychology professor at Harvard, and a world reknowed expert in linguistics.  She’s also the mother of three grown children, and the wife of a successful husband, (played by Alec Baldwin.) After a series or strange disturbances of memory, she finds herself just a few blocks from her 25 year home, but can’t figure out where she is or how to get back.  A diagnosis of early onset Alzheimers is delivered,  and what ensues is painful, yet somewhat life affirming as well. This is the first movie I’ve seen from the perspective of the Alzheimers patient, not the caregiver or family. It was well researched and very carefully portrayed.  And it will break your heart.FullSizeRender 55

 

Alzheimers Facts….

  • There are more than 5.2 million Americans living with this disease as of 2014
  • Every 67 seconds, someone else is diagnosed in the United States
  • Alzheimers is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, with over 500,000 deaths attributed
  • 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimers, or another form of dementia
  • In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion dollars.
  • In her 60’s, a woman’s estimated risk for developing Alzheimers is 1 in 6….For the pink-ribboned breast cancer, it is 1 in 11, and two thirds of Alzheimers victims are women.
  • If there was a cure, a HALF A MILLION lives would be saved each year!

Something to think about as we age. It’s too late for my dad, but hoping their is a cure in our lifetime.

Facts taken from ALZ.org, The Alzheimers Association

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Comments

  1. I just started following your blog. It’s poignant that your post today is about this powerful book/movie. When my husband was 49 he was diagnosed with a rare form of dementa called Frontotemporal Dementia. It is often mistaken for Alzheimers. Our family journeys were similar yet different.
    The most important thing now, is that research is done. What doesn’t work for AZ may in fact work with Parkinsons, or FTD. These amazing doctors are studying tirelessy to end, slow, or at least understand these diseases.
    I’m so very sad for your dad, your hero. My children lost their hero after a horrific five year battle with this disease. I love my best friend and the man I was going to grow old with.
    My only hope is that very soon, we will know more.
    Thank you for posting.
    Cheryl

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