Still Alice Discussion Questions

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

'Still Alice' shares the struggle of a middle-aged professor who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. These discussion questions will help confirm students' understanding of the storyline and allow them to integrate their opinions and experiences.

Questions on Life, Family, and Relationships

  • What was Alice's life like before her diagnosis? Specifically, discuss her family and career.
  • How was Alice's life different after her diagnosis?
  • Alice and her husband have three children. Alice admits that she did not equally divide her time between all the children. Which child did she spend more time with? Why was this so? Discuss their disagreement and explain their relationship toward the end of the story.
  • What is Alice's advice on having kids and career advancement? Do you agree? Why or why not?
  • What might make you believe that Alice resents her husband's career?
  • What is the relationship between Alice and John prior to and after the diagnosis? Is there a big difference?
  • What do you think about John's decision regarding his new job? Would you have made the same decision? Why or why not?
  • How does Alice view her colleagues? Do you believe co-workers can be just as close as family members? Explain your rationale.

Questions on Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis

  • What is Alzheimer's Disease? What are the main symptoms?
  • What was a pinnacle point for Alice's forgetfulness? What did Alice do? What would you have done?
  • How was Alice first diagnosed with the disease? How did she initially handle the news? If you were diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, do you think your reaction would be similar to Alice's? Why or why not?
  • How did Alice's level of intelligence play a role in masking the disease?
  • Do you know someone with Alzheimer's Disease? How does the disease impact their life?
  • How did the diagnosis impact Alice's family members individually? Who helped her the most? Who provided the least assistance?
  • After Alice visits a nursing home, why is this one of the darkest moments in her life? Do you think Alice's thoughts and desires were justified?

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