Julianne Moore’s win for Still Alice is a win for Alzheimer’s Awareness

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Last night I was watching the Golden Globes and going back and forth as I do after a while, making sure to catch some of the most talked about categories; what a great surprise it was to see Julianne Moore walked away with the WIN for Best Actress in Motion Picture, Drama category “Still Alice”!

What an uphill battle Alzheimer’s awareness seems to face. While many do not want to touch the topic, even the book’s author Lisa Genova said when she was shopping her book, she was told no one wants to read about Alzheimer’s, hence why she self-published. Thankfully Genova, Westmoreland, Glatzer, and Sony Classic weren’t afraid to touch Alz. This is a win for Moore and for Alzheimer’s!

One thing the GG’s showed, at least to me, the winners of films and TV shows are ones taking on current topics that were once I dare say taboo to discuss. Topics that many families and people are dealing with in silence. What a night for Alzheimer’s and the LGBT community!

Getting back to the fabulous Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” opens this coming Friday, January 16th. Even if the movie wasn’t about what I’m championing for, I would see it anyway. I am a fan of Moore’s work and any character she portrays she takes on with such a fervor, that even if she didn’t win the award, I’d know she’d knock this role out of the park!

Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Lisa Genova, in Still Alice, Moore plays Dr. Alice Howland, a renowned Columbia University linguistics professor, happily married with three grown children, who starts to forget words and diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. As her condition progresses, Alice and her family find their bonds tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Written and directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, the Sony Picture Classic film costars Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth and Kristen Stewart. Moore’s performance was already receiving critical raves leading up to her Globes win and there is even Oscar buzz.

Speaking backstage after her win, Moore said she was most inspired by her “Still Alice” character’s push to remain present.

“This is a woman who chooses to inhabit her life no matter what her life is,” the actress said. “Not get ahead of it, not get behind it. But try to be in it. That to me is truly beautiful. That’s really all we have.”

And to those in the trenches now, as Moore’s character says, all you can do is “live in the moment”, “just live in the moment.”

“Still Alice” opens nationwide on Friday, January 16th.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.

To learn more about Lisa Genova visit her website at www.lisagenova.com.

Lets work together to #ENDALZ

Pamela

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Looking for Confessions?…try these places too

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Guess what? You can also find me on the following websites:

Visiting Nurse Service of NY

MariaShriver.com

USAgainst Alzheimers

SeniorHomes.com

eHealth Forum

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Happy New New New New New Year

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! No I haven’t lost it as you may be wondering why there are five “news” in the title. Well I did it because it’s the year ending in five. Though eight is my lucky number, five is next. You could say it choose me as that was my line number when I pledged my sorority Delta Sigma Theta. So five and I have had a love affair for a long time.

When I looked up the meaning of five, one of the meanings says that in the Bible it’s the number of grace as well as goodness and favor. And as we know the lovely Coco Chanel had a love affair with the number five from when she was a child. She grew up in the company of nuns and for her five was an esteemed number signifying pure embodiment of a thing, its spirit, its mystic meaning. Also the paths that led her to the cathedral for daily prayer were laid out in circular patterns repeating the number five. [1]

So I look upon this 2015 with good vibes. I need 2015 to be much better than 2014 and will work to do my part. I welcome the grace, goodness and favor to do better in my life and to do better with my advocacy. I know where I want to go and only I have held myself back. Always figuring things out (yes I get stuck in my head waaaay too much, LOL), but telling myself , this year in my figuring I need to also keep moving. I do not want another year to roll by regretting that I didn’t try or fly!!

So I wish you all a wonderful, courageous, graceful and grateful NEW YEAR full of love ad magic! We need it to support our caregivers and fight ALZ!!

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It’s my 4 year Blogiversary

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Another year has rolled around and I truly thank all of you who took the time to read my posts, make a comment and ride along with me on this journey of discovery.

Thank you for your patience if you enjoy my posts and haven’t seen too many of them lately. I promise to be better. As I had to adapt to my life as a caregiver, I’m learning to adapt to my life’s new normal. Everyday presents a newness, but I still am facing way more than I can too. I can’t say that I’ve fully accepted this. I don’t crave the caregiver life, but what it represented and who I cared for I do miss. I get overwhelming sadness thinking of my parents and yet find the joy in knowing they were the greatest. There is much I’m still wading through and I thank you for reading, for understanding and I welcome you to share your stories.

As I’ve stated in previous posts, this blog was for my creative release and while that still holds true, it’s for you to learn, share and know there’s a strong advocate in your corner. Four years going strong and looking forward to doing bigger and better!

From the bottom to the top of my hear…..THANK YOU!

Pamela

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