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Stolen Memories One Family's Experience With Alzheimer's Disease
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Publisher:  iUniverse ISBN-10:  0595158498 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1 2000

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Stolen Memories deals with the impact of being a caregiver for a parent and how it not only affects one's job and family but one's mental and physical health as well. Woven throughout this story is information that aids the reader in disease recognition.

Alzheimer’s is an insidious disease – one that destroys the brain while leaving the body relatively intact. It makes strangers of those we knew best, changes relationships with loved ones in ways that resonates forever. STOLEN MEMORIES is the story of how one family coped with its devastating effects, and how others can learn from that experience. Excerpt
Quote from STOLEN MEMORIES: “For Christmas I bought her some simple coloring and pasting crafts for ages three to eight. I hoped that she could stay busy doing crafts while I did my housework and laundry. But it did not work out because I had to sit with her and show her how to do even those simple tasks. Mom just could not remember what to do minutes later.”

As Marie helped her mother, Rose, assemble those crafts that she realized their roles had been totally reversed. Marie was no longer the daughter but had become the equivalent of the mother and Rose was now the child.

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Judy Ashby - Program Director of the Utah Alzheimer's Association
"Alzheimer's disease affects the patient, caregiver, family and friends in a rippling, widening circle that touches individuals in different ways. STOLEN MEMORIES provides an intimate view of one family's experience with this devastatiing disease. STOLEN MEMORIES rightly encourages families to seek support and assistance as early as possible and that support is available.

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Reviewed by Kathy Bosworth 5/12/2002
A very timely subject. With the baby boomers aging, a large bulk of the population is moving up and will need books such as this one to guide them through. I look forward to reading this story, as I am sure that I will be able to relate. Although our family dealt with a situation involving a massive stroke, I think Alzheimer's and strokes have a very fine line between them. Thank you for sharing your story Ms Cloud.
Reviewed by Jan 7/7/2001
This book is wonderful. Just could not put it down. Well written and a must for everyone over 50 years of age. When parents start to age it is good to know what to do if it is Alzheimer's Disease, and Marie has put forth a great book dealing with this. Don't wait till it happens to you, read it first, and be prepared.
Reviewed by Brenda Parris Sibley 6/17/2001
Just read Stolen Memories and think it's a wonderful book. This disease can so change the lives of everyone involved; I know it did in my family as well.

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