Still Alice narrates the story of Alice Howland – then Harvard professor to an Alzheimer’s patient, and her struggle with the said disease.
Alice Howland is a professor of the psychology department in Harvard. She is an accomplished person based on the way people described her and the activities in her schedule. She goes around the world to speak about linguistics in psychology. She knows reference materials by the dot. She advises post-graduate students in their thesis. You’d say that after 25 years of teaching in Harvard, she is probably one of the most accomplished and at a young age at that.
Throughout the course of the book, we are taken into Alice’s head and we are introduced to what a person might feel when she is struck with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. We are given a pass to her frustrations and disappointments with the disease.
I think that the disease, early-onset Alzheimer’s, is a very scary disease. The symptoms of which are very closely related to age-related biological transformations. If you are not informed, you wouldn’t give much attention to the snippets of lapses and forgetfulness you experience.
This book is moving because not only do you get to see the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, you also get to understand what a person with Alzheimer’s might feel and the changing dynamics of the people around her. You get frustrated with Alice, you get to understand how her whole world changed in a matter of weeks. It’s just sad to know that, in the future, you wouldn’t be able to recognize the people you love.
It made me tear. I was touched and I was very motivated to enjoy each passing moment of my life. You’d never know when your life will stop. You’ll never know when life will stop for you. It is imperative that we make the most of what we have now.