Writing a Path to Peace


… an enthralling, ambitious and much-needed effort…most definitely the sort of work on Alzheimer's that needs to get public notice."

Karla Morales, People’s Medical Society, Speaking about

Writing a Path to Peace

Edited by Persis R. Granger, with Introduction by Kathleen Adams

A support group in print for families coping with Alzheimer's disease.

Shared Stories from Daughters of Alzheimer's--

Maria Shriver
Former First Lady, State of California

"I know your book and each individual's story offers the needed encouragement for those enduring the devastating effects of living with Alzheimer's disease."

Karla Morales
Peoples' Medical Society

"…an enthralling, ambitious and much-needed effort…most definitely the sort of work on Alzheimer's that needs to get public notice."

Trudi Cholewinski, Program Director,
Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association
"…a compelling, inspirational story for caregivers and families who have loved ones with Alzheimer's disease…"

Over 5.2 million Americans are afflicted with Alzheimer's disease (AD). The chance of developing it increases two-fold with each five years of age beyond 65. One study estimates that one half of individuals 85 or older exhibit its symptoms. Due to an increase in life expectancy, it is expected that the population of Americans over 85 will nearly triple in the next 30 years, and that scenario will be duplicated in industrialized nations all over the world.

The number of AD victims is escalating astronomically. By extension, one recognizes that the number of victims' family members awash in Alzheimer's ripple effect of anguish and guilt is incalculable and growing. If you are an adult over the age of forty, you are acquainted with several people dealing with the dreadful deterioration of a parent with Alzheimer's disease. There is a good chance you are facing it in your own family.

Shared Stories from Daughters of Alzheimer’s was written to help those families who are coming to grips with Alzheimer’s devastation of a loved one. Each of nine women maps her parent’s journey through Alzheimer’s disease, not only describing the progression of the illness from the first hint that something “might be wrong” with the parent, but also chronicling the unique evolution of her own emotional grappling with the lingering loss and all its implications. The spectrum of responses they describe illustrates that there is no single “right” response to AD, and that each individual must find what is right in his or her own life situation.

Kathleen Adams, founder of the Center for Journal Therapy in Lakewood, Colorado, and author of four books on the power of writing to heal, including the best-selling Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth (Warner Books, 1990), has written the introduction. She suggests ways in which those coping with Alzheimer’s disease may use journal writing to help them sort through their feelings and empower themselves to deal with the disease.

Readers are invited to begin their own self-healing through journal writing, prompted by “springboards” offered at the end of each chapter. A foreword is written by Patricia Jimison, founder and first director of the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Orlando, Florida, and a leader in Alzheimer’s caregiving advocacy in that state.

Shared Stories from Daughters of Alzheimer’s: Writing a Path to Peace

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The editor and co-author of the work, Persis (“Perky”) Granger and her husband, Richard, divide their time between Thurman, NY, and the Gainesville, Florida area. She is available to present short programs and signings for groups in both regions. She may be reached as follows:

Persis R. Granger
11 Clarence Russell Road
Warrensburg, NY 12885
(518) 623-9305

Shared Stories from Daughters of Alzheimer’s:
Writing a Path to Peace

ISBN: 0-595-29726-9 , Health/Aging, 163 Pages - Trade Paperback
On Demand Printing and E-book
Publication Date: 2002,2004

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