Still Alice

Still Alice

A Novel

Book - 2009
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From New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes the definitive--and illuminating--novel about Alzheimer's disease. Now a major motion picture starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore! Look for Lisa Genova's latest novel Inside the O'Briens.

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life--and her relationship with her family and the world--forever. As she struggles to cope with Alzheimer's, she learns that her worth is comprised of far more than her ability to remember.

At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer's disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Ordinary People.
ISBN: 9781439116883
Characteristics: xi, 293 pages ;,22 cm.


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Jan 01, 2020

Such a well written and heartbreaking story about Early Onset Alzheimer's.

Oct 07, 2019

Such an emotional and truthful book about early onset Alzheimer's Disease. A must-read for everyone, since none of us knows what the future is for ourselves or our loved ones.

Sep 09, 2019

So emotional!! As a daughter and a mother, this story tore at my heartstrings. To me this was eye-opening experiencing this debilitating disease from the sufferer’s perspective. Highly recommend if you want something real and raw.

Jul 04, 2019

Amazing read about a woman experiencing early onset Alzheimer's Disease. A must read for anyone.

Feb 20, 2019

An insight into EOA (early onset Alzheimer's): how it affects individual, family, etc. interesting, but I didn't learn anything I didn't already know

The storyline of a healthy intelligent woman professor at a highly ranked university in the States with early onset of Alzheimer’s disease really had an effective way of hitting home; the reality that it could happen to anyone of us. Imagining one minute you are a successful woman with a normal married life and have three intelligent, healthy and independent children within a matter of a couple of months there are signs of memory lapse and finally a decline in memory very quickly getting worse. There is denial from Alice’s husband and lots of research into the symptoms and then the final acceptance of Alzheimer’s diagnosis. I found myself unconsciously testing myself with memory exercises, the book was written so well , easy to follow and comprehend and emotional to the end. I learned a lot about the disease as the book progresses as Alice’s husband does a lot of research trying to first diagnose what her problem is and then find medicinal remedies to slow the process down. This book makes you stop and think and contemplate what we take for granted. I thoroughly enjoyed it. (submitted by PR)

Nov 07, 2018

I would recommend for anyone who is facing the possibility of a loved one with this terrible disease. You will be better able to deal with it.

Aug 17, 2018

This was an excellent book. I gained so much understanding of what a person with Alzheimer's disease is going through. I would recommend this book, particularly to anyone who has someone close to them with the disease. It is much more than just an account of the disease; as the story unfolds you are taken through the busy lives of a family of well educated people who blend together their personal lives with their professional lives.

Jul 24, 2018

I read this book about 4 years ago and re read it this year and i love it. It shows you how alzheimers not only affects the person who has it but also the people who are close to them. You watch a person slowly start to forget things and they change. It's a battle to keep the memories but at the same time that battle gets harder and harder to fight as the disease progresses. You learn to cherish every moment you have with a loved one with alzehmiers because there will come a day were they no longer remember you. It's a very touching story and shows alzhemiers from the perspective of the patient before and after she starts to get more ill. -@nae1227211 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Unlike many other books I've read, this one didn't seem to resonate with me very strongly. Shortly after I read it, I was unable to recount the intricate details inside the plot. However, there are some great take home messages that I would recommend everyone give a shot. Briggs, the protagonist, is a teenage guy who finds a job to get away for the summer. He works for an elderly lady by Lake Michigan, and journeys through the ups and downs of self discovery. Having been told by his father all his life that he must earn money in his future prospects, he finds that there is more to life than simply that. The romance was sweet, but not too overwhelming. A 3/5 stars for me!
@Siri of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

At fifty years old, Alice Howland is a psychology professor at Harvard, a proud mother of three and a well-known person around Harvard. But when she starts forgetting things like her classes, what she is going to say and the names of people, she knows that something is not right. Then she receives a life-changing diagnosis, that impacts her kids, husband and her. When her Alzheimer's gets worse, Alice retires and tries to spend her last few years with her memory living in the moment of things. Still, Alice captures the perspective of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's. This book was very good and it was one of my favourite books. This book almost made me cry, it was a very touching story with a good plot. Lisa Genova tells a very detailed story, I want everyone to read this book. I loved Still Alice. I recommend it for ages twelve and older. Rating- 5/5 stars
- @readit12 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

LoganGenevieve Feb 06, 2018

Still Alice is an emotional and heartwrenching tale of a woman who realises that she has started to forget things, and experiences her mannerisms and behaviour starting to change. The book details the journey of an Alzheimer's diagnosis and how Alice and her family cope with life moving forward.

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May 26, 2015

At 50, she was a fast runner through the traffic at about 9 minute mile pace for the 5 mile route:
When starting from her house on Poplar Street, she invariably followed the same route—down Massachusetts Avenue, through Harvard Square to Memorial Drive, along the Charles River to the Harvard Bridge over by MIT, and back—a little over five miles, a forty-five-minute round trip. She had long been attracted to the idea of running in the Boston Marathon but each year decided that she realistically didn’t have the time to train for that kind of distance. Maybe someday she would. In excellent physical condition for a woman her age, she imagined running strong well into her sixties.

May 26, 2015

From Alice's opening plenary presentation in the annual Dementia Care Conference:

I’m losing my yesterdays. If you ask me what I did yesterday, what happened, what I saw and felt and heard, I’d be hard-pressed to give you details.

And I have no control over which yesterdays I keep and which ones get deleted.

I often fear tomorrow. What if I wake up and don’t know who my husband is?

Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is like being branded with a scarlet A.

“I’d like to encourage earlier diagnosis, for physicians not to assume that people in their forties and fifties experiencing memory and cognition problems are depressed or stressed or menopausal.

“My yesterdays are disappearing, and my tomorrows are uncertain, so what do I live for? I live for each day. I live in the moment. Some tomorrow soon, I’ll forget that I stood before you and gave this speech.

May 26, 2015

In examining disease, we gain wisdom about anatomy and physiology and biology. In examining the person with disease, we gain wisdom about life.
she wanted to live to hold Anna's baby and know it was her grandchild. She wanted to see Lydia act in something she was proud of. She wanted to see Tom fall in love. She wanted one more sabbatical year with John. She wanted to read every book she could before she could no longer read. She laughed a little, surprised at what she'd just revealed about herself. Nowhere in that list was anything about linguistics, teaching, or Harvard.

May 26, 2015

She wished she had cancer instead. She'd trade Alzheimer's for cancer in a heartbeat....With cancer, she'd have something to fight. There was surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. There was the chance that she could win.
But will I always love her? Does my love for her reside in my head or my heart? ... The mother in her believed that the love she had for her daughter was safe from the mayhem of her mind, because it lived in her heart.
She remembered being six or seven and crying over the fates of the butterflies in her yard after learning that they lived for only a few days. Her mother had comforted her and told her not to be sad for the butterflies, that just because their lives were short didn't mean they were tragic. Watching them flying in the warm sun among the daisies in their garden, her mother had said to her, see, they have a beautiful life.

Nov 20, 2012

“You're so beautiful," said Alice. "I'm afraid of looking at you and not knowing who you are."
"I think that even if you don't know who I am someday, you'll still know that I love you."
"What if I see you, and I don't know that you're my daughter, and I don't know that you love me?"
"Then, I'll tell you that I do, and you'll believe me.”

Sep 21, 2012

“The mother in her believed that the love she had for her daughter was safe from the mayhem of her mind, because it lived in her heart.”
― Lisa Genova (Author), Still Alice

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May 26, 2015

Alice's ordeal can be summed up in her plenary presentation in the Dementia Care Conference. Here is an excerpt: “Good morning. My name is Dr. Alice Howland. I’m not a neurologist or general practice physician, however. My doctorate is in psychology. I was a professor at Harvard University for twenty-five years. I taught courses in cognitive psychology, I did research in the field of linguistics, and I lectured all over the world. “I am not here today, however, to talk to you as an expert in psychology or language. I’m here today to talk to you as an expert in Alzheimer’s disease. I don’t treat patients, run clinical trials, study mutations in DNA, or counsel patients and their families. I am an expert in this subject because, just over a year ago, I was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. “I’m honored to have this opportunity to talk with you today, to hopefully lend some insight into what it’s like to live with dementia. Soon, although I’ll still know what it is like, I’ll be unable to express it to you. And too soon after that, I’ll no longer even know I have dementia. So what I have to say today is timely. “We, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, are not yet utterly incompetent. We are not without language or opinions that matter or extended periods of lucidity. Yet we are not competent enough to be trusted with many of the demands and responsibilities of our former lives. We feel like we are neither here nor there, like some crazy Dr. Seuss character in a bizarre land. It’s a very lonely and frustrating place to be. “I no longer work at Harvard. I no longer read and write research articles or books. My reality is completely different from what it was not long ago. And it is distorted. The neural pathways I use to try to understand what you are saying, what I am thinking, and what is happening around me are gummed up with amyloid. I struggle to find the words I want to say and often hear myself saying the wrong ones. I can’t confidently judge spatial distances, which means I drop things and fall down a lot and can get lost two blocks from my home. And my short-term memory is hanging on by a couple of frayed threads. “I’m losing my yesterdays. If you ask me what I did yesterday, what happened, what I saw and felt and heard, I’d be hard-pressed to give you details. I might guess a few things correctly. I’m an excellent guesser. But I don’t really know. I don’t remember yesterday or the yesterday before that. “And I have no control over which yesterdays I keep and which ones get deleted...

Feb 06, 2011

Alice Howland is an esteemed psychology professor at Harvard, living a comfortable life in Cambridge with her husband, John, arguing about the usual when the first ysmptoms of Alzheimer's begin to emerge. First, Alice can't find her Blackberry, then she becomes hopelessly disoriented in her own town. Alice is shocked to be diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Her life begins to unravel. She lostes track of rooms in her home, resigns from Harvard and eventually cannot recognize her own childeren. the frutual facts of Alzheimer's are heartbreaking.


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