Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), a linguistics professor at Columbia University, is diagnosed with early onset familial Alzheimer's disease. Familial means your children who have the gene will also develop it. One of her children does have the gene.
Not only did her world suddenly go off kilter, but so did the world of her children and her husband.
The movie touches on real life, and you cannot avoid that. Oh, sure, you can chose to ignore or forget about those who go through this and their families, but it could possibly affect you and a loved one or even you yourself. It is beautifully written and acted and also heart wrenching. I know.
My husband was diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia at age 50.
It is like watching the soul of your loved one disappear slowly, day by day.
You mourn that loss for the person and for yourself.
Loved ones fight anger, not only at God but at the patient and that brings guilt.
You feel sadness, depression and the loss of hope.
My husband died at the age of 56, though I had actually lost him before that.
Everyone should see this movie, those who have dealt with Alzheimer's or dementia
and those who have not. Yes, you will cry. Yes, it will break your heart. And yes, you will understand.
It is something that cannot be swept under the rug and ignored.
We all encounter this and how we handle it is most important of all.