Still Alice, Still Looking for Answers

In the movie Still Alice, based on the 2007 novel of the same name, Julianne Moore gives a heart wrenching performance as the fictional character Alice Howland. Howland, a professor of linguistics and mother of three children, learns she has a genetic form of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. As her condition rapidly deteriorates, Howland and her family face a number of tough questions about love, life and death.

Moore has already won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild and a Critic’s Choice award for her performance, and this Sunday she’s up for a Best Actress Oscar. While the story is fiction, Moore’s gripping portrayal of a person going through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease is an all-too-real story faced every day by more than 5 million Americans and their caregivers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It kills more people annually than prostate and breast cancer combined. It’s also the nation’s most expensive disease, costing more than $200 billion in 2014. By the year 2050, that cost is expected to rise to more than $1 trillion annually.

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