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Still Alice

Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish
donepezil | Aricept | eszopiclone | Lunesta | flunitrazepam | Rohypnol | memantine | Namenda
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Medical student Tom tells the others, “The ER was like a madhouse.” (0:01)

Frederic Johnson addresses the audience, referring to Linguistics professor Alice: “I’m associate professor of cognitive science here at UCLA... She famously wrote her seminal textbook, ‘From Neurons to Nouns.’...” (0:02) 

Tom's mother Alice: “... we will learn crucial information about the relationship between memory and computation that is the very essence of communication.” (0:04)

Alice tells her actress daughter Lydia, “Your sister and I have developed an obsession with Words with Friends.” (0:08)

Alice tells neurologist Dr. Benjamin, “I take a sleeping pill when I travel.”
Benjamin: “Have you had any head injuries?”
”Would you consider yourself depressed or under undue stress at the moment?”
Benjamin tests her memory.
Alice, referring to her father: “He was an alcoholic.”
Benjamin: “Good hydration is excellent for the memory.” (0:12)

Dr. Benjamin tells Alice, “But, what worries me are the memory tests... You have sporadic memory impairment totally out of proportion to your age, and there is evidence of decline in your level of mental functioning...”
”I want to see if the results are consistent with Alzheimer’s disease.” (0:19)

Her medical researcher husband John tells Alice, “Enhancement of endogenous levels of beta-endorphin has not so far been shown to reduce the incidence of metastasis...”
”It seems like beta-endorphin just doesn’t significantly impact the macrophage activity.” (0:20)

Alice tells John, “They think that it might be early onset Alzheimer’s disease.”
John: “Ali, that is completely insane.”
”Honey, we all have memory lapses.”
”You don’t have Alzheimer’s disease.” (0:22)

John asks Benjamin, “There is evidence of high amyloid in older people with normal cognitive function, correct?”
“I also read that high amyloid is also associated with conditions other than Alzheimer’s.”
Benjamin: “In Alice’s case this corroborates the clinical symptoms...”
John: “Shouldn’t any diagnosis be accompanied by a genetic test?”
Benjamin: “... and that would be an indicator of familial Alzheimer’s disease...” (0:25)

Alice tells her children, “I have Alzheimer’s disease...”
”Right now I’m on Aricept and Namenda.”
John: “They can help alleviate the symptoms...”
Alice: “The thing is that the type of Alzheimer’s that I have is very rare...” (0:27)

Alice’s boss Eric asks her, “Is there something we can help with, stress, depression?”
Substance abuse, alcohol?”
Alice: “I have mild cognitive impairment.”
”In February I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.”
Eric: ”We don’t want you under any undue stress.” (0:32)

Alice tells John, “I have Alzheimer’s.”
John: “We have to try, or we’re going to go crazy.” (0:35)

A doctor asks Alice, “Do you want to try Lunesta?”
Alice: ”What about Rohypnol?” (0:38)

Alice records a message for herself: “It says take all the pills with water... swallow them all... and don’t tell anyone...” (0:39)

Alice looks at her bracelet which reads “Memory Impaired.” (0:40)

Dr. Benjamin administers a memory test to Alice. “... and that delays diagnosis... Alice, I read your name in the Alzheimer’s Association care conference brochure.”
John: “She’s going to be under a lot of stress.” (1:01)

Alice tells Benjamin, “I think I’m nervous.” (1:06)

Sign: “alzheimer’s association”
M.C. “Alice is living with early onset Alzheimer’s...”
Alice: “I am a person living with early onset Alzheimer’s...” (1:06)

Alice watches the video message she recorded instructing her to take an overdose. (1:24)