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Next on my list of movies to see is “Still Alice.” I have heard great things about this movie, including rave reviews about Julianne Moore’s performance. I have to admit that I have been avoiding it, in part, because I am guessing I will be pretty emotional for parts of it. I am a professor. I can directly relate to part of her loss, perhaps too much (if that’s possible). Still, as indicated by this blog, I want to support movies that tell compelling stories around health issues. So, I will pack my tissues and go see it….soon.

On the Encore! side, this Associated Press story does a great job of summarizing some of the key facts and issues of Alzheimer disease and links to online resources, including how to volunteer for research and a government link on clinical trials.

(Credit: Sony Pictures Classic - Julianne Moore in "Still Alice")

(Credit: Sony Pictures Classic – Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”)

‘Still Alice’ highlighting often hidden toll of Alzheimer’s
By Lauran Neergaard, AP: The Big Story (online), 2-2-15

The story credits “Still Alice,” which features a professor struggling and living with early-onset Alzheimer’s, with raising awareness of this disease. I particularly appreciate how the AP report notes that the movie’s situation is not typical, though it is based on real experiences of people who have Alzheimer’s.

This report and movie are great examples of how the right follow up context for a fictional movie can both allow filmmakers to portray creative and dramatic stories AND health advocates and researchers to leverage a movie’s high profile to raise awareness of real life challenges. Encore! to Lauran, Neergaard, to “Still Alice” filmmakers and everyone who helped the filmmakers prepare

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