Dementia is diagnosed if two or more cognitive functions are impaired including memory, language skills, understanding information, spatial skills, judgment and attention.
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, affecting about two thirds of cases.
But cases of people under 65 are very rare.
Currently out in cinemas, ‘Still Alice’, is an inspirational film about Alice Howland, who is happily married with three grown children and is a renowned linguistics professor. Initially Alice starts to forget simple things, like words. Soon she receives a devastating diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s.
Still Alice the movie is based on the book by Lisa Genova - http://lisagenova.com/still-alice/
|Book by Lisa Genova http://lisagenova.com/still-alice/ and movie poster|
Julianne Moore, who received an Academy Award for best actress, gives a compelling performance with insight into how life changes for a person with such a diagnosis, as well as how their family may be affected.
Every day the staff at JewishCare work with people living with dementia. The emotional turmoil experienced by the families of our clients is heart wrenching.
At JewishCare, we believe that educating the public about the subject of dementia is one of the most important steps in providing support to this community of people. The emotion which the audience experienced during one of the screening sessions of this film, highlighted how many people are touched by this disease.
We highly recommend this film or book to anyone who wants to understand this complex and, nowadays, seemingly common illness.
Sources for blog post:
- Millions affected: SBS report http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/02/25/hes-here-hes-not-here-family-struggles-dads-early-onset-dementia