BAFTA winner highlights early onset Alzheimer’s

‘Still Alice' is a new movie which turns the spotlight on the, often ignored, subject of early onset Alzheimer's.

Movie actress Julianne Moore plays 45-year-old Dr Alice Howland, a renowned linguistics professor. When words begin to escape her and she starts becoming lost on her daily jogs, Alice must come face-to-face with a devastating diagnosis: early-onset Alzheimer's disease. As the once-vibrant woman struggles to hang on to her sense of self for as long as possible, Alice's three grown children watch their mother disappear more and more with each passing day.

Moore's performance earned her a Best Actress Award at this week's BAFTA's and she is tipped to walk away with the Best Actress Award in the forthcoming Academy Awards. The film will bring much needed attention to a very emotive subject that will help to educate people about the symptoms and effects of Alzheimer's, not just on those living with the condition, but also on their loved ones.

There are over 750,000 people with dementia in the UK, with early onset dementia (people diagnosed under the age of 65) affecting more than 40,000 people in the UK.

Being told that you or a loved one, of any age, has dementia can be very difficult and can raise a huge number of questions and concerns.

At Home Instead, we care for nearly 2,000 clients living with dementia and we work closely with their families to help them understand the illness and how best to care for and treat their loved one.

Through our Family Dementia Workshops we share this knowledge with family members as well as the broader community. These workshops are free to attend and arm family carers with effective techniques for managing the sometimes challenging behaviours associated with dementia including refusal, delusions, aggression, false accusations, wandering and agitation.

We offer on-line tutorials which will help families gain a valuable insight into providing better care for a loved one with dementia. The course equips them with several techniques to help improve both there's and their loved one's quality of life. We also offer a series of informative downloads that give helpful advice about identifying the illness, and how to help care for and remain engaged.

We recognise that caring for clients with dementia requires specialist skills, our CAREGivers complete a training programme designed by national and internationally renowned dementia and Alzheimer's experts, a programme approved by City and Guilds. This means our CAREGivers are provided with the latest in Alzheimer's education and home care techniques.

Our CAREGivers are trained to:

  • Maintain a safe environment
  • Manage changing behaviour
  • Provide nutritious meals
  • Provide mind-stimulating activities
  • Create social interaction
  • Supervise daily activities

Our CAREGivers also help enhance and restore the simple pleasures of life for people living with dementia and Alzheimer's, such as a walk in the park, a trip out in the car or simply spending time in the garden. To us, that means quality care and doing the little things in life that bring joy too.