"Still Alice" - sparking a conversation we have to have

Alzheimer’s Australia CEO Carol Bennett said today that she hopes the release of the film ‘Still Alice’ will lead to greater awareness of the enormous dementia challenge facing the Australian community and particularly those experiencing younger-onset dementia.

The film officially opens across Australia today. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name and starring Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Julianne Moore, ‘Still Alice’ portrays the complicated world of a woman diagnosed with younger-onset dementia.

Ms Bennett is urging Australians to see the film to increase understanding of younger-onset dementia, its impact, and how to support someone with a diagnosis.

“Still Alice is a story that would be very familiar to the almost 25,1001 Australians with a diagnosis of younger-onset dementia, their families and carers,” she said.

“In highlighting the impact of this condition, Still Alice makes a compelling case for proper support systems and care for those who have received a diagnosis.

“Julianne Moore’s portrayal of Alice is outstanding, and, as the title suggests, it illustrates that even with a diagnosis of dementia, she is ‘Still Alice’. Life doesn’t stop with a diagnosis of younger-onset dementia and I hope that is what Australians take away from this movie - that with the right support, people can live well with dementia.

“I also hope this film prompts community leaders and governments across Australia to ensure all forms of dementia, which is already estimated to directly impact on more than 340,000 Australians, are factored into their priorities.”

Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. Amongst other services, it currently manages the Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker program to give people living with younger onset dementia, their families and carers a primary point of contact for support and access to other assistance.

People wanting information about dementia, or to find out where to get help, can call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.