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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Joseph Peterson Books (July 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983570612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983570615
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Marie Marley is an expert grant writer who, over the years, acquired a keen understanding of many geriatric topics, including dementia, but none of that could have prepared her for the sometimes heartbreaking demands of loving and caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Come Back Early Today is Marie’s first foray into creative nonfiction, where she describes her remarkable relationship with Dr. Edward Theodoru. Marie has been a grant writer at both the University of Cincinnati Department of Family Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. She lives in Olathe, Kansas with her Shih Tzu, Peter, whom Ed loved dearly, and her younger pup, Joey, whom Ed would have been so delighted to meet.

More About the Author

Marie Marley was a caregiver for her delightfully colorful, wickedly eccentric Romanian soul mate who eventually developed Alzheimer's disease. She has now written an award-winning book, Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer's and Joy. It narrates their 30-year love story and also illustrates her solutions to 14 issues Alzheimer's caregivers face - everything from denial, diagnosis and difficult behaviors to nursing home and hospice care. Get the book or Kindle version at Amazon.com and www.ComeBackEarlyToday.com. Marie is a grant writer at the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Customer Reviews

It made me laugh and it made me cry, all at the same time!
Ann McHugh, DVM
As stated before, the first person perspective of a loved one and main caregiver to a patient with Alzheimer's Disease is an insightful read.
Kelsey Gratton
Thank you, Dr. Marley, I reallly love getting to share in your beautiful story.
LEF

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jean from Delaware on August 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Marie Marley's "Come Back Early Today" exemplifies the struggles involved in identifying and accepting cognitive decline in a loved one with dementia and coming to grips with the need to place someone in a long term care facility.

Marley's story looks back over three decades of her relationship with a remarkable, eccentric and always charming Romanian professor. Before dementia disrupted his life and hers, he had been a rock of support and endlessly knowledgeable on a wide variety of subjects. Accepting his loss of abilities and the loss of their former relationship was a long process. Marley vividly describes her denial, anxiety and guilt, being honest about how painful it was while also managing to use humor and a positive attitude to get through the difficult days. The book is delightful and inspirational, revealing ways to relate in spite of the inevitable cognitive decline. It will be helpful to many others facing similar challenges, giving suggestions on coping while assuring us that love can endure despite the obstacles inherent in Alzheimer's disease. I found "Come Back Early Today" to be honest, realistic, and engrossing from the first page to the last.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By lenexamimi on August 11, 2011
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I never expected to be so intrigued by this beautiful story about Alzheimer's that I would even think about writing a review. The story is so much more than just a primer on dementia. It is a compelling and delightful memoir about love, friendship, and devotion that transcend the disease. It humorously, affectionately, and sometimes painfully recounts the author's numerous and unexpected challenges that she faced as she watched her life partner slowly become lost in his dementia. The story will make you laugh out loud, weep unexpectedly, and even feel a deep sense of comfort in knowing that some of our most difficult personal challenges can also produce such rich rewards!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Reader from Ohio on October 10, 2011
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I don't read many books, but I was given this one by my daughter. She said I might relate to it because of the bits about Alzheimer's. I was not looking forward to reliving that. But I decided to read it because my daughter wanted me to. It wasn't a boring how-to book. It was easy to read because it was written like a love story.

The parts about taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer's were so helpful. I wish I had understood all those things 10 years ago when I took care of my mom! We wouldn't have argued so much all the time. I had always wanted her to know what was really happening. I wish now I had just enjoyed being with her wherever and whenever she was. The part that affected me the most was when Marie's mom died (not from Alzheimer's). I cried and cried. I guess since it was her mom it reminded me of my mom.

I just loved all the little stories and the wonderful people. Marie was delightful and inspiring. And the people in her stories are so real and interesting! When reading about the violinist playing for Ed, I could hear the music and see Ed wanting to dance !

Mostly I laughed a lot. I laughed when Ed did and said funny things, especially in his Romanian accent. For example, when he asked the drug store clerk if he had any "hang-overs". Ed is just so cute! I wish I had met him. The way Marie and Ed loved each other was amazing!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Carole B. Larkin on June 20, 2012
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I am a geriatric care manager who helps families every day deal with their loved ones who have a dementia. I have been sent a number of memoirs to "review" which I mostly choose not to do, because I tend to find them repetitive and not engrossing. Quite the contrary with Marie Marley's tome "Come Back early Today". I had a hard time putting it down. Rare is the book that is able to tell a tale that pulls the reader in emotionally, while still being truthful to the biologic realities of these diseases. Marie has been able to accomplish this. Marie writes about the most difficult portion of the disease, the last stage, with honesty and grace. I applaud Marie for doing so. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves great writing and who values honesty when it comes to dealing with the diseases of dementia.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary Theobald on September 4, 2011
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This is actually the first time I've read a memoir. Before reading this, I'd read lots of articles and books with facts on Alzheimer's. None had any real answers for me or my Mom who is experiencing a fairly rapid decline due to this disease. My expectations were low when I picked up "Come Back Early Today." After all, there are no answers. Alzheimer's is, ultimately, incurable.

While this book obviously didn't offer an "answer" to Alzheimer's, it did provide practical tips on creating a better experience for Alzheimer's patients. Finally! Something I could do. The book also offered me insight into emotions others experience when watching a loved one's cognitive decline. Those insights left me feeling a little less alone, a little less guilty, and just a little bit hopeful that there are still ways to connect with my Mother.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Sanchez Houseton on October 2, 2011
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading Marie Marley's memoir. I don't know anyone with Alzheimer's or anyone who has been in the role of a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's. But this story not only touched me because of the journey Ed & Marie had traveled for over 30 years, but also becuase it illustrated a whole world that is foreign to me and that I know nothing about. It broke my heart and it gave me inspiration, all at the same time.

I've always planned to be the caregiver for my parents, whenever that time comes, whether it be that they need the help because of age and frailty, or because one/both may acquire a chronic disease. But I've never really thought much about what that entails and how I really need to be prepared for how my parents will change and how my role as the caregiver could be very stressful for me.

Come Back Early Today is truly a love story, but also an inspirational guide for caregivers that everyone should read!!
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