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Two Films

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Two films currently on show that deal with age related matters as tragedy and comedy respectively, are "Still Alice" and "The Second Best Marigold Hotel".

The latter uses the "roll call" in a comedic way that cruisers will not be familiar with (i.e. to ensure that the residents of the hotel have all survived the night), but also carries a theme that older people are still active (over-active in the case of two of the residents).

The former is the poignant story of an intelligent woman suffering early onset of "Alzheimers" due to her carrying the familial gene, and offers the opportunity of strong acting performances, as can be seen by the "Oscar awards".

The criticism for me of this film is that it gives an impression that the familial gene is the sole culprit when the reality is that it is only responsible for a percentage of cases, and for most people staying active and eating healthy will see them more likely to become residents of the "Marigold".

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The criticism for me of this film is that it gives an impression that the familial gene is the sole culprit when the reality is that it is only responsible for a percentage of cases, and for most people staying active and eating healthy will see them more likely to become residents of the "Marigold".

 

Hi  I haven't seen Still Alice so I can't comment on it's worth but I believe it refers to early onset Alzheimer's Disease which is quite often associated with genetic markers.  This is in contrast with the older age onset variant of the disease which seems to occur in many without any known genetic indicators but it is quite possible may be related to multiple mutations which have not yet been teased a part by those working in the field.  As you rightly say a "healthy" life does appear to delay the age of onset, but so does a high income and higher educational achievement.   We still have a long way to go before this awful disease is fully understood. 

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I think that the film Still Alice was probably made to highlight that Alzheimers should not be classed as an age related illness but can affect anyone at any age…..

 

I have seen the first Marigold hotel film but havent had time to see the second but even the first one was poignant in the way that it treated relationships between different nationalities together with the way that the elderly were treated by their relatives at home, especially in the case of July Dench's character. Perhaps, as a country, we should take a leaf out of the films book and treat our elderly as they did in the Marigold hotel films, i.e. just because one is getting old it doesnt mean that you can't have fun or have to be stuck in a home where you probably sit looking at the walls all day. The elderly need integration and a purpose in life just like anyone else. 

 

Perhaps its time to 'do the dance!'

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By coincidence the "Telegraph" reports this morning on a study by a Swedish Institute published in "The Lancet", that concludes that it is never too late to reduce dementia risk.

Healthy eating, socialising, and regular exercise initiated after retirement in a control group, apparently showed a 25%improvement in mental tests after two years.

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