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Films That Deal with Memory Loss

By Lee Nyberg, 9:00 am on

Whether you’re a new or seasoned dementia caregiver, you may find support and gain new perspective when watching movies that present dementia or Alzheimer’s disease with dignity and realism. Here are a few movies that shed light on what life is like for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s and what it feels like to be a caregiver. 

The Notebook (2004)

“The Notebook”, based on the best-selling novel, follows Noah (James Garner) as he visits his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife Allie (Gena Rowlands) in a nursing facility. Noah tries to rekindle Allie’s memories of their decades together by reading her their romance story from his notebook.

Away From Her (2007)

Julie Christie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Fiona, a woman with Alzheimer’s who chooses to move into a long-term care facility so she won’t be a burden to her husband of five decades. After the one-month separation the facility recommends, her husband, Grant, visits and discovers that her memories of him have deteriorated and she’s become close to a man at the facility. Grant is then challenged to rely on his respect and love for his wife to ensure her happiness.

The Savages (2007)

“The Savages”, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney, is a dark comedy about two siblings who provide home care for a parent with dementia. Hoffman was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as a professor who begrudgingly reunites with a sibling to take care of their father.

Still Alice (2014)

Based on the best-selling novel, “Still Alice” follows Alice, a linguistics professor who gets diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 50. As her words start to fail her and she finds herself getting lost on her daily jogs, Alice must face the devastating diagnosis and hold on to her sense of self. According to star Julianne Moore, the movie was motivated by the misconceptions about the disease. Moore prepared for her role by speaking with women who were given an early-onset diagnosis as well as Alzheimer’s Association advocates and doctors who treat Alzheimer’s.

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