Case Study Still Alice
For this assignment I watched Still Alice (Glatzer, 2015). This movies main character is Alice who is a linguistic professor at Columbia University. At the begging of the move she is celebrating her 50th birthday. She is married to John and has three adult children Anna, Tom, and Lydia. After having some issues with her memory Alice decides to see a neurologist who tests her cognitive abilities and does scans of her brain. After the test are performed Alice is diagnosed with early onset familial Alzheimer’s disease (Glatzer, 2015).
Alice’s symptoms at the beginning include forgetting a word during a lecture she is giving away from home, and then upon returning home she goes for a jog and ends up disorientated when she becomes lost on campus. As her …show more content…
Once the brain begins to lose its cognitive abilities there is no way to reverse it for people who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Because Alice is a linguistic professor she will need to come to terms with the idea that she will eventually lose many memories and her ability to articulate. I would suggest that Alice saw a consoler on a regular basis that understood the progress of Alzheimer’s. Alice will have to realize that she will be experiencing mood and behavior changes that can lead to delusions, depression, social withdrawal, apathy, emotional or physical outbursts, and insomnia during her the rest of her life (Chakrabarti et al., 2015, p. 283). Alice can also expect that her average length of survival from the time of diagnosis can be between two years to sixteen years ("Alzheimer 's disease: What to expect?," 1991, p. 8). This can be hard on family members and finances. Most insurance do not help with the extra care that a person needs with the disease so family members have to pay out of pocket for these costs, which causes many spouses to live in a more finically restricted life after