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He Used to Be Somebody, 1995: A Journey into Alzheimer's Disease Through the Eyes of a Caregiver 1st Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0943909141
ISBN-10: 0943909147
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About the Author

Beverly Bigtree Murphy has a B.S. from Syracuse University, an M.S. in Counseling from City University, New York City, and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who specialized as a case manager with a head trauma and psychiatric case load for 25 years. She has had a unique view of this illness both from a professional standpoint and a deeply personal one, resulting in her ability to offer practical first hand insight on subjects such as adapting the home, handling incontinence, grief and mournign, dealing with the behavior changes, and family issues. She has written extensively for the Alzheimer's Association, attended the Annual Public Policy Forum in Washington for three years. She has been the editor of "Care Connections Newsletter", a grassroots attempt to bridge the gap between caregivers and services available in Boulder County Colorado. Her articles on the realities of caring for an Alzheimer's loved one have been printed in newspapers and other publications. She has spoken at events, seminars, and training programs on home care. She was named to the Colorado Respite Care Coalition and is a member of the Community Eldercare Coalition of Boulder County.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Assoc; 1 edition (February 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943909147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943909141
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,090,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a 348 page book that reads like a novel, Beverly Bigtree Murphy tells a love story-- of a lifetime of love shared in a few years with her husband, Tom Murphy, as he began his descent into Alzheimer's disease. Soon after their whirlwind romance culminated in marriage, Tom's successful career began to decline as the disease they would later come to know as Alzheimer's began it's destruction of his brillant mind and charismatic personality. Beverly soon found herself thrust into the role of caregiver for her beloved new husband, and into legal battles concerning his care, as well as going in circles in search of medical help before the diagnosis of Alzheimer's. The emotional turmoil caregivers know well is shared in Beverly's story, along with practice advice from her as a professional as well as a caregiver. Her book also incudes the stages of Alzheimer's, an annotated list of books Beverly found most helpful, and other suggested reading on grief and positive thinking as well as Alzheimer's and caregiving. Beverly's Web Site at ... offers practical suggestions to help with incontinence care and for dealing with challenging behaviors as well as information about her book. He Used to Be Somebody, is a story of unconditional love-- a love that did not end even through all the turmoil brought about by Alzheimer's, and the old love song lyrics at the beginning of each chapter are just one more evidence of this, weaving together the story of Tom and Beverly Murphy and their unending love.
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I thought the book would give more detailed information about the progression of the disease, as well as more details about the day-to-day care. It covers a lot of this information, but her web site is a much more practical and helpful guide to me as a caregiver for my husband, who has Alzheimer's Disease. The book is indeed a love story, and I understand very well why she would want to create a memorial to her husband. There was a lot of information about his past, which was important to her but not as important, perhaps, to many caregivers who need to know what to expect on this scary and disheartening trip. My main reason to read the book was to learn how she managed to keep him at home the entire time. She emphasizes that on her web site, and it was important to me, to learn how to do it. Well, it turns out she had full-time help for a long time before he passed. And so I'm back where I started, take care for him as long as I can physically do it and keep him safe and clean, and then figure out how to afford full-time help. I applaud her for the loyalty and love she showed him, and for the way she writes about the importance of the person up until the very end. Her attitude is wonderful, and I hope this culture gets past the bias that exists.
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This book is a heart-breaker but also a love story. My father recently died of Alzheimers. There is hope and healing when stories and pain are shared. That must have taken tremendous courage to document this downhill struggle with a seemed "unhappy" ending. God bless you.
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A Must Read for Families of Alzheimer Victims

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