“The Notebook”

Highlights The Plight Of Dementia sufferers And their Families

The movie, at the time of its release, garnered great awareness for dementia and its diagnosis and treatment 

Based on Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel ‘The Notebook’, director Nick Cassavetes’ 2004-feature film (starring Rachael McAdams and Ryan Gosling provided a nuanced portrayal of dementia and how it affects the sufferers and their families.

Dementia is defined as the loss of cognitive functioning—such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning—to such an extent that it interferes with a person's daily life and social relationships.  

It is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that causes chronic memory loss, emotional dysfunction, and personality changes. 

The central characters, Noah Calhoun and Allison Hamilton, were young sweethearts—who married after a turbulent courtship. 

They went on to have children—however, Allison was struck with dementia. Before succumbing completely, she recorded her life with Noah in a notebook.  

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The film commences with the couple staying at a nursing home and shows Noah reading out their story to Allison to help her ‘remember’ her memories. 

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