As we close out 2014, we wanted to celebrate the movies that brought global attention to Alzheimer’s disease this year.
The following movies show the despair and anguish that can accompany an Alzheimer’s diagnosis but also show us great moments of hope and love that come with caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
From famous faces to humble marriages, this year Alzheimer’s movies showed us that although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, we can be hopeful in the moment and enjoy the time we have with our loved ones.
6 Alzheimer’s Movies from 2014
This roundup features movies that highlight Alzheimer’s in 2014. We’re looking forward to seeing what progress is made and what movies continue to highlight the fight against Alzheimer’s in 2015.
1. “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
This powerful documentary hit the big screen on October 31, 2014 and showed country music legend Glen Campbell on his farewell tour throughout the United States, Australia and Europe. Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011 and publicly fought the disease and its stigma along with his family. The documentary is available on DVD through Netflix.
2. “Still Alice”
“Still Alice” premieres in theaters on January 16, 2015 and we wanted to make sure it is on your must-see list. “Still Alice” features an all-star cast including Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth and Kristen Stewart. Alice (Julianne Moore) is a mom of three and a famous linguistics professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 40. The film showcases her struggle as Alzheimer’s rages on, and is a heart-wrenching look at the diagnosis.
3. “Alive Inside”
“Alive Inside” is “a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.” A 2013 Sundance Film Festival winner, the documentary shows people all over the country who have been revitalized by listening to music and strives to show how music can heal even when medication can not. The documentary will be playing in select theaters and at film festivals throughout the nation.
4. “A Marriage To Remember”
This short, but heartfelt documentary (8 minutes and 23 seconds) by filmmaker Banker White shows how his mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis has revealed the strength of his parents’ marriage. In the documentary, his mother speaks about her initial feelings after a diagnosis and shows his fathers’s deep love and concern for his wife as the disease progresses. The documentary can be seen online at The New York Times.
5. “Mum & Me”
This four-part award winning BBC documentary is an unusual look at Alzheimer’s. Filmmaker Sue Bourne shows her mother, Ethel, who has Alzheimer’s and her daughter, Holly, all having fun and enjoying their time together, despite an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The result is simple story of love between three generations.
6. “You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t”
This documentary is the first one filmed exclusively in an Alzheimer’s care unit and is told from the perspective of a woman living with Alzheimer’s. Filmmaker Scott Kirschenbaum captured the life of Lee Gorewitz and her daily battle with Alzheimer’s.
Are there any Alzheimer’s movies from this year that we missed? Share your favorite movie with us in the comments below.