I was part of a book club a couple of years ago and one of our chosen books was Still Alice and it left a lasting impression on me. Set in Boston, I identified with Alice because we were around the same age, we both ran and I had recently visited Boston. I remember vividly the scene where she is going for a run and she suddenly couldn’t remember where she was. Also the feeling of disbelief when she was diagnosed – even though she had started to realize what her symptoms could mean.
The book was poignant and written with compassion while at the same time describing in detail the effects of this disease not only on Alice who knew it was happening to her, but also her family who in the future she would not recognize. I would highly recommend you reading the book and I am sure that the movie will be just as good, although I haven’t seen it.
I haven’t been touched by this disease through family or friends however can appreciate the helplessness it invokes watching a loved one slip away.
I’ve attached a link to Alzheimer’s Australia if you are interested in reading more about Alzheimers Disease. There is also some confusion as some people feel that Dementia and Alzheimer’s are one in the same. This is not the case and I’ve attached a link which may be helpful to understand http://www.alzheimers.net/difference-between-alzheimers-and-dementia/
If you have seen the movie, read the book or more importantly have had first hand experience with a loved one or friend, I would love to hear from you.