This month on the blog, we’ve been looking at portrayals of older adults in film. We reviewed the documentary about Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me, and we wrote about The Age of Love screening during Valentine’s Day. Now, with the Academy Awards just a few days away, there’s no better time to feature the Oscar-nominated movie, Still Alice.
The women behind and in front of this movie are powerful forces for awareness of a disease which affects women twice as much as men. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s My Brain website, “women have been remarkable catalysts for bringing the story of “Still Alice” to life,” from executive producer Maria Shriver and Alzheimer’s Association’s consultants Sandy Oltz and Maria Carillo, to Lisa Genova—who authored the book the movie is based on—to the stellar cast: Kate Bosworth, Kristen Stewart, and Julianne Moore. Moore’s performance as a professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s has garnered many accolades—including a SAG Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe, and Oscar nomination—helping to raise awareness and reduce stigma internationally.
According to My Brain, Still Alice is:
a movie that gives us a rare window into the experience of living with Alzheimer’s disease—a glimpse of the inside looking out.
By giving a frank and open portrayal of just how devastating Alzheimer’s is to a person’s emotional and physical well-being; family and career; and all other facets of life, our hope is “Still Alice” will move more people join the fight against Alzheimer’s.
“Still Alice” is beautiful, frightening and powerful, and a reminder that Alzheimer’s needs to be addressed now. With women at the epicenter—both more likely to have Alzheimer’s and more likely to be caring for those with the disease—the Alzheimer’s Association and the women of “Still Alice” ask all women to help wipe out Alzheimer’s.
As you sit down Sunday night to watch the Oscars, take a moment during the commercial breaks to visit the My Brain website and learn about ways that you can become involved. Share your story of how Alzheimer’s disease has affected your life. Sign up to participate in an event like the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Share the facts about this disease with your online networks. There are many ways to keep the message behind Still Alice alive, even after the Academy Awards are done.