early-onset Alzheimer's disease

Orion 2022-04-23 07:01:58

(rough google translate, please don't blame)

I've known this movie for a long time, but I wasn't that interested in watching it because I thought it was really frustrating. Indeed, after watching this movie, although the ending is relatively warm, it does make me very depressed. This movie is more realistic because it matches the symptoms I know. However, the film also has some inaccuracies in its portrayal of Alzheimer's disease.

First, Alice was diagnosed with early-onset familial Alzheimer's disease, which is relatively rare compared to late-onset Alzheimer's disease. Early-onset familial Alzheimer's begins around age 40-50. So Alice was accurate in diagnosing early-onset familial Alzheimer's when she was 50 years old. Her symptoms progressed in the early, middle and late stages of Alzheimer's disease. She first occasionally lost her memory of vocabulary. Then when she was in her mid-stage, she lost memory of basic facts like where she lived and developed symptoms of depression. In the end, her language barrier gradually prevented her from working properly, and her memory didn't help, and basically couldn't remember things without the help of note-taking.

In addition, the film accurately shows the possible inheritance pattern of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. In the movie, her eldest daughter inherits the chance of developing Alzheimer's. In some studies, early-onset Alzheimer's does show more evidence that certain family members have a higher chance of having the disease because of heredity.

On the other hand, the progression of Alice's worsening symptoms is not very accurate. Alzheimer's patients can live four to eight years after diagnosis, and some may live up to 20 years. Alice's deterioration was a little too fast. It only takes one year to become advanced or worse.

Overall, while some parts of the movie may not accurately describe the stages, symptoms, and progression of Alzheimer's, I think it's a great movie considering the movie needs to be more dramatic than real life .

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  • Danielle 2022-04-02 09:01:02

    It's broken and danced, but Moore's performance is really good; before my grandmother died, she lost her behavior and language ability due to cerebral thrombosis for seven years. During this period, I also understood a lot of things in the family, so I feel that this film is still too strong in chicken soup.

  • Clifton 2022-03-31 09:01:03

    In the final analysis, even if she forgot who she was, Alice was still an upper-class intellectual who paid attention to etiquette. Except for that one outbreak, all her collapse, confusion and helplessness were controlled by her own mannerism. So, if you don't act too much, you can't see it; if you act too much, she's Alice no more, so the praise of Julianne Moore's performance is because she has mastered it too accurately at this time.

Still Alice quotes

  • Dr. Alice Howland: Good morning. It's an honor to be here. The poet Elizabeth Bishoponce wrote: 'the Art of Losing isn't hard to master: so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster.' I'm not a poet, I am a person living with Early Onset Alzheimer's, and as that person I find myself learning the art of losing every day. Losing my bearings, losing objects, losing sleep, but mostly losing memories...

    [she knocks the pages from the podium]

    Dr. Alice Howland: I think I'll try to forget that just happened.

    [crowd laughs]

    Dr. Alice Howland: All my life I've accumulated memories - they've become, in a way, my most precious possessions. The night I met my husband, the first time I held my textbook in my hands. Having children, making friends, traveling the world. Everything I accumulated in life, everything I've worked so hard for - now all that is being ripped away. As you can imagine, or as you know, this is hell. But it gets worse. Who can take us seriously when we are so far from who we once were? Our strange behavior and fumbled sentences change other's perception of us and our perception of ourselves. We become ridiculous, incapable, comic. But this is not who we are, this is our disease. And like any disease it has a cause, it has a progression, and it could have a cure. My greatest wish is that my children, our children - the next generation - do not have to face what I am facing. But for the time being, I'm still alive. I know I'm alive. I have people I love dearly. I have things I want to do with my life. I rail against myself for not being able to remember things - but I still have moments in the day of pure happiness and joy. And please do not think that I am suffering. I am not suffering. I am struggling. Struggling to be part of things, to stay connected to whom I was once. So, 'live in the moment' I tell myself. It's really all I can do, live in the moment. And not beat myself up too much... and not beat myself up too much for mastering the art of losing. One thing I will try to hold onto though is the memory of speaking here today. It will go, I know it will. It may be gone by tomorrow. But it means so much to be talking here, today, like my old ambitious self who was so fascinated by communication. Thank you for this opportunity. It means the world to me. Thank you.

  • Dr. Alice Howland: I was looking for this last night.

    Dr. John Howland: [whispering to Anna] It was a month ago.

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