A Look Inside Alzheimer's is a captivating read for friends, families and loved ones affected by this mind-robbing disease. Individuals with early-stage Alzheimer's disease will take comfort in the voice of a fellow traveler experiencing similar challenges, frustrations, and triumphs. Family and professional caregivers will be enlightened by this book and gain a better understanding of this unfathomable world and how best to care for someone living in it.
Susan and PJ, share their accounts of their own transformation and deterioration with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease and Marjorie shares her perspective as the wife of a person living with Alzheimer's Disease. The book addresses the complexity and emotions surrounding issues such as the loss of independence, unwanted personality shifts, struggle to communicate, and more. The three life-stories intertwined along with boxed quotes from professionals in the field make this book special.
1. Preface; 2. Introduction; 3. What is Alzheimer's?; 4. Early Signs; 5. What Happens When You're Diagnosed?; 6. Making Practical Decisions; 7. Coping from Day to Day; 8. The Role of Caregivers; 9. Where Do We Go From Here?; 10. Resources
About the Authors
Marjorie N. Allen has published five children's books including Changes, The Remarkable Ride of Israel Bissell As Related by Molly the Crow: Being the True Account of an Extraordinary Post Rider Who Persevered (by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) and One, Two, Three-Ah-Choo! (Putnam publishing). She has also published for adults What Are Little Girls Made of: A Guide to Female Role Models in Children's Books and One Hundred Years of Children's Books in America: Decade by Decade (both published by Facts on File). Marjorie worked as a unit coordinator at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. She went to Smith College and still lives in Massachusetts. Marjorie was faced with Alzheimer's when her husband was diagnosed in 2008.
Susan Dublin has a RN/BS in Nursing from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. She currently lives with her husband, Gary, in DeWitt, NY. Susan is in her early fifties and has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She has spoken widely on the topic for support groups. She started her medical career after receiving a bachelor's degree in nursing from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. Her first job was at Crouse Irving hospital in Syracuse, NY. She worked on a medical floor where she was a staff nurse, also in a rotation as charge nurse. She left her last position after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Patricia J. Kimmerly has B.S. in secondary education from Parsons College of the U of Iowa, M.S. in Traumatic Brain Injury Rehab and Adult Education from Syracuse University. She was cofounder Planned Parenthood in Northern NY, worked with CETA program in Ithaca, NY. She was Director of Education & Training at Cortland Memorial Hospital and Director of residential facility for people with traumatic brain injury & cognitive disabilities in Washington DC for National Rehab. Hospital. She worked full time as faculty member for ILR school's program at Cornell University on Employment & Disability training, implementing Americans with Disabilities Act all over the U.S. She currently has AD.