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Still Alice Movie Review by Michael Ellenbogen Who Is Living With Dementia

Still Alice Movie Review

by Michael Ellenbogen

Who Is Living With Dementia

Michael Ellenbogen newest pic 102813After about 25 years I just saw my first movie. Still Alice

I must say I was very surprised that they did a great job of what it’s like to live with Alzheimer. I also like that it had some well known actors taking part in it. While I have heard from many on how depressing this movie is I can assure you from my shoes it put a simple way of looking at it as it is by far worse than people are seeing. Only so much you can show in 2 hours. I do believe this will hit home with the audience. I just hope the audience is just not people in my own circle.

What I did not like is that they were referring to the familial form of AD. While that is a small percent of us who get it I don’t want the public to think it is so rare. I have it Alzheimer and I do not have the gene. I know many others in my boat and they do not have it. There are so many of us out there living with it.

The other issue I had was this was looking at it from a family that had all the support and especially the financials to make this much easier to deal with. I and many others will never be as lucky to afford that luxury.

Overall not sure how they could have made it better within that time frame.

What are your thoughts?

We would love to hear your comments about the movie. 

Lori La Bey of Alzheimer's Speaks and Senior Lifestyle Trends

Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

Personally I had not had a chance to see the movie when I received Michael’s comments.  It is only at one theater in my area on the other side of town.  Michael s review got me motivated to take the time and drive across town to see it for myself.  Thank you Michael!  I found the movie extraordinary.  I was however sadden that more people were not at the film.  I also think there are a couple opportunities to due a spin off from this film to show more about life and love with dementia.  I thought the actors did a fabulous job and I want to personally thank each of them for believing in the film.

This film will go down in history, as a life changer for dementia.

A Call For Action

I do however think it would be great for people to call their local theaters and request the show be played.  Theaters need to hear from people.  Theaters need to know people are ready and willing to pay for a movie on this topic.  That this type of movie has a rel life impact on everyday people living in their communities and showing the film will help raise awareness of the dementia as a whole.  Just like the movie Philadelphia helps people understand AIDS, Still Alice will help society look differently at dementia.

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Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio interviews:

Lisa Genova, Authors of New York Times Best Seller “Still Alice” and who is also featured in the new documentary film “To Not Fade Away.”

Kathy Ritchie, Author of the blog “My Demented Mom” and contributing author in the book “The Moment”

Here is the link to the radio show

Lisa Genova

Lisa Genova is a Harvard –trained Neuroscientist, who is a featured expert in the new documentary “To Not Fade Away.”  Lisa is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, Still Alice, about a 50-year-old woman’s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

To Not Fade Away… FILM  premieres January 20th at 10pm on RLTV.

This is a touching documentary that tells a story about Alzheimer’s like it has not been told before- from the point of view of a patient, her family, experts and doctors.  I give it two thumbs up!

Here are 4 great clips of film – “To Not Fade Away”-

http://podcast.rl.tv/45669small.html

http://podcast.rl.tv/45668small.html

http://podcast.rl.tv/45666small.html

http://podcast.rl.tv/54816small.html

To contact Lisa Genova directly go to her Website or reach out to her on Facebook

http://lisagenova.com/

Lisa’s Publicist – Jean Anne Rose
Director of Publicity, Gallery Books
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10020
Jeananne.rose@simonandschuster.com
212-698-7579

Kathy Ritchie and her Mom

Kathy Ritchie is the founder of the blog My Demented Mom. Kathy feels and speaks about the raw emotions of dementia from a daughters perspective.  I embrace her for her courage and honesty and hope others can learn from her struggles via her Mother’s memory loss.    As a writer, Kathy started the blog in 2007 as a means of coping with her mother’s illness and expressing her own frustrations and struggles with her mom’s diagnosis and the toll on both her and her family…. she also wanted to share her experiences with other young adult caregivers who are navigating life, career, relationships, while dealing with a terminally sick parent. She has been learning to cope with her mother’s progressive disease for the past 7 years. Kathy was 27 when her mother began to exhibit signs of dementia. Her mother has been “diagnosed” frontotemporal dementia. She is now in a nursing home.  Kathy is also a contributing author in the new book, THE MOMENT by Larry Smith of Smith Magazine

To Contact Kathy:

web/blog: www.mydementedmom.com

 twitter: @mydementedmom

 Here’s the link to the radio interview!

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Authors Lisa Genova – Still Alice and Kathy Ritchie – My Demented Mom on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio Today 2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST

Come join us!  We would love to hear your questions or comments!

1st Guest Lisa Genova is a Harvard –trained Neuroscientist, who is a featured expert in the new documentary “To Not Fade Away.”  Lisa is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, Still Alice, about a 50-year-old woman’s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

 

 

 

2nd Guest I’ve enjoyed Kathy Ritchie from the moment I ran across her blog. She feels and speaks about the raw emotions of dementia from a daughters perspective.  I embrace her for her courage and honesty and hope others can learn from her struggles via her Mother’s memory loss.  Kathy Ritchie is the founder of the blog “My Demented Mom

 

Join us   Here is the link!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/alzheimersspeaks/2012/01/13/authors-lisa-genova-and-kathy-ritchie

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