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