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Still Alice: A Touching and Raw Portrayal of Alzheimer's Disease

The need to confront Alzheimer's

As Keith Oliver so eloquently put it, “If memory is compromised, so is your intellectual capacity. I try to convince myself those two things are separate; I feel as intellectual as I was four years ago, but cognitively I’m not a patch on what I was. It means I’m much more emotional. I have a lot of foggy days and a lot of sunny days.”

We need to confront Alzheimer’s and dementia with the same determination we bring to cancer research. As the population ages, Alzheimer’s becomes more of a burden on society, on families, and on the patient.