Healthy Living

Alzheimer's: Writing on the Edge of Forgetfulness

Lisa Genova's Still Alice

In the same manner, the neuroscientist Lisa Genova depicts a person’s arduous journey through the stages of Alzheimer’s in her novel Still Alice. The heart-wrenching story focuses on Alice Howland and her swift descent into dementia due to early-onset Alzheimer’s. Besides offering a very touching story, the book also functions as an informative guide for those who must face the disease as caregivers. Still Alice is replete with medical veracity up until the advanced stages of the disease. As the book tries to give a first-person depiction of the disease, it must, as all others, leave the realm of the knowable and rely on speculation in order to provide its message.