“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. But just because I’ll forget it some tomorrow doesn’t mean that I didn’t live every second of it today. I will forget today, but that doesn’t mean that today didn’t matter.”
Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman’s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what’s it’s like to literally lose your mind…
My Personal Thoughts
Still Alice is a story of a woman at the peak of her career who is diagnosed with an early onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.
I love that this story showed people an overview of how a person with dementia slowly starts to deteriorate and lose everything except the love and support of their families and support group.
Alice is a famous Harvard professor who is smart and successful. She is living a comfortable life with her equally smart husband and children. She has a beautiful family and she could not ask for more until her condition is diagnosed.
The writing style is exceptional. It is full of so many emotions and I felt connected to the main character. I understood her battles, feelings, and frustrations. I have been working in the aged care industry for almost 4 years now. It is not a walk in the park to look after people with Alzheimer’s disease. I underwent trainings and seminars in order to care for them and help them have the quality of life that they deserve. It is sad to see them totally lose it at times and at the same time happy when they remember things. It is absolutely hard for the families to see their loved ones at this stage.
I like Alice’s strong personality and how she dealt and fought this disease until the last chapters. She is very inspiring and so many lessons will be taken from this masterpiece. I am planning to watch the movie starting Julianne Moore which I know will sensational.
I borrowed the Audiobook from BorrowBox using my local library membership. It is a must try because there are so many audiobooks and ebooks to choose from and it is so easy to use and navigate.
Provides in depth knowledge about Dementia
World Building: 4⭐️
Character Building: 5⭐️
Writing Style: 4⭐️
Overall, it is highly recommended for people who are looking for inspiring contemporary stories about career, family life, and love.