Still Alice – “A story of love, family and hope” … and a movie too important to miss

“In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease learns that her worth is comprised of more than her ability to remember. Now a major motion picture from Sony Pictures Classics starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart!

“Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever.” – Amazon.com

Still Alice opened in theatres on Friday. Finding a local theatre that is playing this film is a challenge, though. Here’s the list of central Pennsylvania theatres showing the film; we saw the movie yesterday at the delightful  Midtown Cinema; a charming small movie house in Harrisburg.

Unfortunately, there are no listed theatres playing the film in Berks, Lancaster or Lebanon counties at this time.

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“Alzheimer’s: the word is becoming more and more prevalent in the United States. As the number of patients creeps steadily upward, it becomes harder and harder to ignore. It’s nearly impossible to find someone who isn’t affected by the disease, whether it’s directly or indirectly (a friend or family member). But whether you know someone or not with the disease, you will be affected by STILL ALICE, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s most recent film. Not only is it a showcase for a multiple award-winning performance by Julianne Moore, but it is also simply a poignant and relatable story.” – Sam’s Blog – Still Alice

Maria Shriver is the executive producer of Still Alice – She and the women of Still Alice are featured at this alzheimer’s association Webpage.

alz-facts--twothirdsAlmost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.

The risk is real.

  • A woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is 1 in 6, and as real a concern as breast cancer is to women’s health, women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s during the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
  • Approximately half a million people die each year because they have Alzheimer’s.

Not only are women more likely to have Alzheimer’s, they are also more likely to be caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s.

  • More than 3 in 5 unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers are women — and there are 2.5 more women than men who provide 24-hour care for someone with Alzheimer’s.
  • In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion.
  • Because of caregiving duties, women are likely to experience adverse consequences in the workplace. Nearly 19 percent of women Alzheimer’s caregivers had to quit work either to become a caregiver or because their caregiving duties became too burdensome.

SOURCE: ALZHEIMER’S FACTS

 

 

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