LOSING A LOVED ONE
MY limited experience with a person with Alzheimer’s when I was young left a mark.
A family friend who was always bright, cheery and polite was suddenly distant, confused.
One afternoon after a dip in her pool, I found her wandering through her house dripping wet and she didn’t know where her towel was.
Later, at a large gathering of lifelong friends she no longer remembered, she broke down in tears, overwhelmed by so many people she didn’t remember but who knew her.
It was heartbreaking to witness, as is Julianne Moore’s accurate and equally heartbreaking portrayal of a woman whose mind is slowly deteriorating.
Middle-aged university lecturer Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) notices she forgets small things, words and the directions back to her house on her regular runs through campus.