Voices welcomes Alzheimer's expert
Neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova describes the experience as "incredibly rewarding, surreal, amazing."
Not everybody's book is turned into a movie, and not every lead character in a movie is an Academy Award winner.
Genova's "Still Alice" was turned into a movie starring Julianne Moore as a linguistics professor who deals with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, and Moore won the 2015 Oscar for best actress.
"I'm forever grateful to everyone involved for dedicating their extraordinary talents and hard work to creating this film," Genova said. "It profoundly expanded the global conversation about Alzheimer's and helped everyone living with Alzheimer's feel seen and heard — human. That's no small thing."
Genova has a new book coming out, "Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting" ($26.99, Penguin Random House), described as "a fascinating exploration of the intricacies of how we remember, why we forget, and what we can do to protect our memories."
And, Genova happens to be the first of four speakers in the Voices Lectures series, which has gone virtual in 2021. She'll appear at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, via Zoom. Series tickets are $179 for general admission and $315 for patron memberships; individual tickets also are available at www.voicesinc.com. Zoom links and passwords are emailed with each order, and a video of the program will be available for 30 days.
The 28th season of the Voices Lectures series also features: Zainab Salbi, Wednesday, March 3, an Iraqi American humanitarian, author, TV host and founder of Women for Women International; Liz Forkin Bohannon, Wednesday, April 7, founder of Sseko Designs, a footwear and accessory brand that employs young women seeking to finance their higher education; Cady Coleman, Wednesday, April 28, a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions and a six-month expedition on the International Space Station as lead robotics and lead science officer.
Genova graduated with a degree in biopsychology from Bates College and a doctorate in neuroscience from Harvard. Finding a niche in contemporary fiction, she has written The New York Times bestsellers "Still Alice," "Left Neglected," "Love Anthony," "Inside the O'Briens" and "Every Note Played."
Film adaptations of "Inside the O'Briens" and "Every Note Played" are in development.
Genova has dedicated her career to the study of Alzheimer's, and her TED talk, "What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's," has been viewed 5 million times. It's available at www.ted.com/talks/lisa_genova_what_you_can_do_to_prevent_alzheimer_s?language=en.
With "Remember," she examines what people can do to enhance memory as they age.
"The No. 1 thing people can do … is pay attention," she said. "You can't remember where you put your phone or glasses or where you parked your car if you don't pay attention in the first place. And, seven to nine hours of sleep each night helps you retain the memories you made the day before.
"Your memory for what you intend to do later — buy toilet paper, call your mother, pay the bills — is naturally fraught with failure. Write it down on a to-do list or enter it into your calendar."
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