In the past, movies and television shows have been criticized for portraying dementia in unrealistic and unrelatable ways, often buying into cliches and stereotypes. However, in more recent years, filmmakers have been treating dementia with the care and consideration it deserves, and we’ve seen a variety of movies about dementia that are much more realistic.
Here are 5 movies about dementia that the team at Aging Gracefully recommend:
Away From Her (2006) – This independent Canadian film is about a married couple whose relationship becomes strained when the wife begins to exhibit signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Feeling concerned about becoming a burden, she voluntarily moves into a memory care neighborhood where she can receive the care she needs. Actress Julie Christie, who plays the wife, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of a woman with dementia.
Still Alice (2014) – Superstar Julianne Moore stars as Alice, a professor of linguistics diagnosed with familial Alzheimer’s disease shortly after she turns 50. It explores how her diagnosis and her gradual deterioration affects her job, her husband, and her three grown children.
The film received wide critical acclaim and earned Julianne Moore an Academy Award for Best Actress. Moore researched dementia extensively while preparing for her role as Alice.
The Notebook (2004) – Based on the international best-selling novel from Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook follows an elderly husband caring for his wife, who has dementia. In an attempt to rekindle her memories of their life together he reads to her from his notebook, and through his reading we learn more about their lives together.
Firefly Dreams (2001) – One for international film lovers, this popular Japanese movie follows a teenager sent out to the country for the summer. She’s tasked with caring for an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer’s disease and is initially resistant, but the two soon develop a life-changing bond.
A Song For Martin (2001) – This Swedish movie has been praised for its realistic portrayal of caregiving. It follows Barbara and Martin, two people who meet and marry in middle-age. Soon after, we learn that Martin has dementia.
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