Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer's Story
Charles Pierce

Synopsis

Pierce, an imaginative but restrained writer, says that Alzheimer's disease is "a story that begins when a man disappears." His father, three uncles, and an aunt all died of Alzheimer's. Pierce, now 44 and the father of three children, understandably feels he is a sitting duck for the disease. Yet his book isn't pessimistic. It is a first-rate description of the effects of the disease, the medical discoveries about it, the developments in genetics related to it, and the competitiveness among scientists researching it. Personally, he discloses how his mother refused to recognize her husband's gradual decline and became furious with any family members or friends who drew her attention to it. Her anger affected the whole family, then and later. A crisis occurred when Pierce's father turned a simple errand into a three-day trip ending two states away, where he was rescued by Pierce and his wife, Margaret, a clear-sighted observer and a restorer of emotional balance for Pierce. Anyone at all involved with Alzheimer's would benefit from reading this book.
William Beatty

 

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