Alzheimer's Disease In Still Alice

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According to the Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2017 alone, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation 259 billion dollars. More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease today and every sixty-six seconds someone develops this impactful disease. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias do not only affect the person with the diagnosis alone, but everyone that cares for them as well. Reportedly thirty-five percent of caregivers of people with this disease state that their health has gotten worse due to the care responsibilities they now have to adapt to for their loved one. It is not only life changing for the patient, but for the family and caregiver burden is at high risk with this disease. Still Alice, a film by directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, depicts Alzheimer’s disease in an even more rare form of early…show more content…
She is a fifty-year-old well-known linguistics professor at Columbia University that has spent most of her life studying, researching, and expanding her career. She is married to another professor from Columbia University and together they have three children. Her son is in medical school, her older daughter is a lawyer, and her youngest daughter is an inspiring actress that has not found much luck in roles. The movie starts with Alice going to lecture at UCLA about her new research in young children she has been working on. During her speech that I am sure she has done and practiced several times before, she lost her next words mid sentence and jokingly made a comment about that she should not have had a glass of champagne beforehand. This was the first sign the viewer saw Alice forget something familiar she knows by heart, such as her research, her speech, her career. I also like how the director incorporated a joke to cover up Alice’s loss of
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