Movie ‘Still Alice’ Puts New Focus on Early Onset Alzheimer’s
Early onset Alzheimer’s disease is in the spotlight with the new movie “Still Alice.” The film is raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, although in the movie actress Julianne Moore plays a 50-year-old linguistics professor who experiences early-onset familial Alzheimer’s, which is thought to account for just a small fraction of the disease. As many as 4 percent of cases worldwide are thought to be early onset that strikes people before age 65, according to Alzheimer’s Association Chief Science Officer Maria Carillo, who served as a scientific advisor for the movie.
ABC News reports on signs of early onset Alzheimer’s and The Boston Globe interviews children of parents with early-onset Alzheimer’s whose inheritance might include a gene predisposing them to early dementia.
NPR continues with a series focusing on Greg O’Brien, who was 59 when diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He’s documenting his experience with the disease in a memoir where he writes of waking up confused each morning and needing to label items such as toothpaste and mouthwash in order to use them appropriately.
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