As per the Site verywell.com there are 8 films that deal with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This includes: Away From Her (2007) – with Julie Christie, Oscar-nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Fiona; The Savages (2007) – about children caring for a parent with dementia; Aurora Borealis (2006) – with Donald Sutherland and Louise Fletcher, where Sutherland plays a grandfather with dementia; The Notebook (2004) – about Allie (Gena Rowlands), who is in a nursing home due to Alzheimer’s disease, see more.
The movie ‘Still Alice’ is about a 50-year-old woman’s sudden decline into early onset Alzheimer’s disease. In this movies Julianne Moore plays Alice Howland, a linguistics professor at Columbia diagnosed with familial Alzheimer’s disease, whereas Alec Baldwin plays her husband, John, and Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish play her children, Lydia, Anna and Tom.
Alice Howland, a linguistics professor at Columbia University, celebrates her 50th birthday with her physician husband John and their three adult children. After she forgets a word during a lecture and becomes lost during a jog on campus, Alice’s doctor diagnoses her with early onset familial Alzheimer’s disease. Alice’s elder daughter, Anna, and son, Tom, take a genetic test to find out if they will develop the disease. Alice’s younger daughter Lydia, an aspiring actress, decides not to be tested.
Julianne Moore’s performance garnered widespread critical acclaim and won her the Academy Award for Best Actress (see above), the first of her career after four previous nominations.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Still Alice has a “Certified Fresh” rating of 85% based on 206 reviews, with an average rating of 7.40/10. The site’s consensus reads, “Elevated by a gripping performance from Julianne Moore, Still Alice is a heartfelt drama that honors its delicate themes with bravery and sensitivity.
Of note, it appears that women specifically are more prone to stress-related disorders and have greater associated morbidity; they also react to stress with greater cortisol response, limbic system activation and cytokine activity as compared with men.
Additionally, another study from Sweden, where Lena Johansson is a first author, indicates that stress in middle-age women is associated with increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease decades later in life. This is perhaps the first population study on the relationship between midlife stressors and increased risk of dementia in late life.
Interestingly, as per alzheimers.net new research revealed that every stressful event was equal to 1.5 years of brain aging across all participants, except for African-Americans, where every stressful event was equal to 4 years of brain aging.
Moreover, a 2019 report based on the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area study indicates that a greater number of recent stressful life events, but not of more remote stressful events, was associated with greater verbal memory decline by in women but not in men.