When it comes to learning more or seeing the other side of an argument, we can always rely on our popular culture to provide us with a look into another perspective. Today, we wanted to take a look at some films that focus about a topic that is a core part of our advocacy: Dementia.
Here are a few films that we highly suggest you watch if you want to explore the topic of dementia:
Still Alice is a novel to film adaptation of Lisa Genova’s novel. It follows the journey of a linguistics professor—played by the incredible Julianne Moore—who now has to deal with the fact that she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Audiences get to watch the changes and shifts in the dynamic of the character’s life. We get to experience the sheer fear of losing control of one’s mind. It is the turmoil which follows a family and a network of friends and coworkers when they are now faced with the future that they may not be remembered one day.
Away From Her
“Away From Her” is a drama which follows a married couple who now have to deal with the fact that the wife has Alzheimer’s. It is an interesting view of a life and a dynamic of a relationship when memories are no longer present to sustain it.
Much like so many who are diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease, the wife chooses to move herself into a home for those like her. The struggle comes when her husband visits and realizes that she no longer remembers him. Worse, she has started to build a new relationship with someone else. It’s a gritty and realistic look at how families are torn apart because of a disease.
Another touching family film about a pair of siblings who move in with their father because is dealing with his dementia. The title of the film comes from one of the father’s delusions about being able to see the northern lights from the window of his room.
This film provides a good look at how families are left to deal with the pieces of someone’s affliction.
Film, in general, has always been a pretty special medium. Films have the ability to provide a sneak peek into a completely different life and a completely different perspective. It allows audiences to truly experience a life that may be so similar and keenly accurate with their own. Films allow audiences to wholly explore a life that is presently happing to millions all over the world.
Which film about dementia would you suggest others watch?