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p. 9

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Foreword

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pp. 11-13

To speak of Alzheimer's disease, one must talk about families. The disease affects every member of the family as they confront the physical, emotional, and financial demands of caregiving. Living with Alzheimer's means watching someone you love slowly become someone else ... a person who does not recognize her children, or remember...

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Preface

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pp. 15-18

I was never close to my mother-in-law. Although she was warm and friendly and always bent over backwards to demonstrate how much she cared for me, I never quite believed her. At least not enough to feel completely comfortable. But we were comfortable enough with each other; neither of us wished to make waves. What for? Since we lived eight hundred miles apart, our relationship was...

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A Daughter's Dilemma

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pp. 21-55

Mom is eighty-six years old and is in the thitd "age of Ahheimer's disease. I first recognized a change in Mom about ten years ago when she became emotionally volatile. My dilemma is: How much responsibility do I have for Mom's care while maintaining my own family life? I am a fifty-two-year-old married woman raising three teenage...

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In Jim's Own Words

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pp. 57-71

Q : You were telling me what it was like for you to have AIzheimer's, yesterday. A: Oh, yesterday, yesterday. Q: Or whenever it was. A: The hardest thing in the world ... it, just drove me crazy, ah, crazy. And it was just ... and I, ah. There's times that I didn't even know where I was at. And that's what really gets me there. And, ah ... now, it's, you know, there's, there's good days and there's bad, bad days.

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Jim's Wife Sherry's Story

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pp. 73-90

Jim's boss was concemed that maybe Jim had a brain tumor. We both worked for the Missouri Highway Patrol. Jim began as a state trooper when he was eighteen years old. I followed after our marriage to work in the office. At age fifty-two, Jim started to show signs of something not being right. For months we went to doctor after doctor. "Well, I think it's...

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Jean's Story

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pp. 91-125

My husband, Art, and I had been living in Seattle when we first suspected something was wrong with Mother. We had returned to St. Louis, where I grew up, for Christmas. When we told Mother that we would be coming, she began to plan a number of activities. She was very social. She loved company. She loved to entertain. Christmas was...

Useful Organizations

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pp. 127-130

Suggested Resources

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pp. 131-134