The Alzheimer's Diary

The Alzheimer's Diary

One Woman's Experience From Caregiver to Widow

Book - 2014
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One in eight over the age of sixty-five and one in three over the age of eighty will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. In her memoir, author Joan Sutton narrates a moving account of her years as caregiver to her husband, noting that "Alzheimer's is a disease of the brain that is paid for with the currency of the heart." A member of the board of overseers of The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, she stresses the need to develop more effective treatment for the eight million Americans currently diagnosed with this incurable disease, pointing out that for every patient there is a large circle of others also affected. Sutton offers practical advice for the care of the caregiver and the patient, and shares the pain that came as she watched pieces of her husband's self disappear. Following his death, after what Nancy Reagan described as "the long goodbye", she writes candidly about coping with her new status as a widow and the aching loneliness of the heart that is the price paid for having known a great love.
Publisher: Bloomington, IN :, iUniverse,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781491731611
Branch Call Number: ANF 362.196831 SUT
Characteristics: xvii, 118 pages ; 22 cm

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Jul 27, 2015

A very good, personal and informative read about what the experience of alzheimers from the spouse's persepective can be like. The short chapters are choked full of information about the disease, and about what it does to the sufferer, and those closest to them. It is one person's account of what it is like, and it is unique in that aspect, but it is still eye opening and a very good read for caregivers. Highly recommended.

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