Dementia has been front of mind in cinematic circles this year with the release of award winning feature film, ‘Still Alice’. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name and featuring a Golden Globe and Academy Award winning performance by Julianne Moore, ‘Still Alice’ portrays the complicated world of a woman diagnosed with younger-onset dementia.
Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University. When words begin to escape her and she starts becoming lost on her daily jogs, Alice must come face-to-face with a devastating diagnosis: early-onset Alzheimer's disease. As the once-vibrant woman struggles to hang on to her sense of self for as long as possible, Alice's three grown children must watch helplessly as their mother disappears more and more with each passing day. The film, which opened in cinemas across Ireland on March 6, the fastest film to gross €1billion in box office receipts worldwide.
Home Instead Senior Care in Kildare proudly hosted a screening of the film this week in the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge to raise awareness and understanding of dementia in the local community. Home Instead owner and dementia care specialist Amanda Bohan said the film provides an all too familiar account of the dementia experience and its effect on an individual, their life, their family and friends.
“As dementia care specialists, we support hundreds of people just like Alice every day. Not only is 'Still Alice' a brilliant film, it has increased understanding of dementia, its impact on individuals and families and how we can better support people living with dementia in our community.”
Amanda continues, “As the title suggests, it illustrates that even with a diagnosis of dementia, she is ‘Still Alice’. Life doesn’t stop with a diagnosis of dementia and I hope that is what people take away from this film – that with the right support, people can live well with dementia.”
“I also hope this film prompts community leaders and governments on a local and national level to ensure all forms of dementia, which is already estimated to directly impact on more than 48,000 people with dementia in Ireland, are factored into their priorities.”
Home Instead Senior Care is Kildare’s leading home care provider that specialises in provided Alzheimer’s and dementia care services at home. The organisation enables people to live a happy, healthy and independent life at home. For more information call 045 484 623 or visit HomeInstead.ie.
Aisling Hegarty, Amanda Bohan & Philomena Fennelly, Home Instead Senior Care, Kilcullen