- File Size: 3435 KB
- Print Length: 281 pages
- Publication Date: February 2, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00T4TM056
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Alzheimer's Daughter Kindle Edition
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Lee's motivation for her book came after discovering her father had no memory of her mother or their 66-year marriage just one week after she died. Lee states, "I thought I was writing about a couple declining from Alzheimer's, but many reviews have said this is really a love story." Ethan Palmer, The Villages Daily Sun, FL
Jean Lee wrote her book because it was the type of book she needed to read while on her caregiving journey, but couldn't find. Alzheimer's Speaks Blog, Lori LaBey
I found this book not only a sweet love story between a husband and a wife, but also a love story of a daughter and her parents, as she tries to honor their wishes despite the many obstacles this disease placed before her. Vicki Tapia, Somebody Stole My Iron Blog
This book offers a deeply personal glimpse into a family battling Alzheimer's, from its earliest stages - the odd forgetfulness, the tiny mistakes, to diagnosis, to denial, and end of life decisions, all told in a thoughtful, useful manner to guide others through this same process. Marianne Sciucco, Adventures in Publishing Blog
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Two things make this a remarkable book. First, Lee and her sister, Annette, are a formidable team, realistic about their parents’ challenges and pragmatic about the solutions. I enjoyed reading about them successfully managing their parents’ difficult decline. Secondly, the story’s ordinariness - written in a slice-of-life manner - gives it its awful power. If these salt-of-the-earth people can be felled, who among us is safe? The Churches, in their kind but sad goodness, tell us: no one. It’s a credit to this family that they shared such a devastating story as a service to others who may have family with dementia.
Forgetting is the curse of Alzheimer’s, but being forgotten is an even bigger tragedy. By telling their story - their whole story - Lee honors her parents while also bringing to light this dark disease.
What started as a journal to record tiny fissures in her parents’ grasp on reality became a three-year accounting of the slow but steady decline that precipitated a double diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. During her vigil, the author recounted her own struggle of having to intrude in Ed and Ibby’s life, knowing how independent and private they were and how determined they were to live out their lives in their own home, without anyone’s help or interference.
Just as parents must intervene when they see their children going down the wrong road, Jean had no choice but to look out for Ed and Ibby’s wellbeing, even though it caused them to turn on her. Jean’s battle became twofold: to keep her parents safe while she and her sister struggled to figure out what their future life would look like. Even after the diagnosis, she still had an uphill battle trying to protect her folks from the obstacles and clutter that made their house unsafe to live in. But as the months passed, it became obvious they could no longer care for themselves, despite their determination to remain independent.
Alzheimer’s Daughter is a candid look at the perils and hard choices that families are having to face as an increasing number of the population struggles with an enemy that ruins lives from within. Jean’s story offers insight and foresight, while depicting the small, unexpected joys that occurred while gradually watching her parents recede into an unfamiliar world. It is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Though it must’ve been very difficult to write, it gave me the comfort of knowing we’re not alone in this nightmare called Alzheimer’s, and that in the end, love will heal all wounds.
It's a sad and struggle experience to go through for all involved. Reading this book shows 2 loving daughter's looking out for their aging parents. The process that the daughter's went through and their feelings they endured. Keeping their faith in the forefront and remembering their up bring by their parents.
The one thing that impressed me with reading this loving but sad story was how the author managed to add the turmoil of confusion the parent were going through. Keeping the respect that every aging parent SHOULD experience as well as wondered what thought proceeded was the parent going through if any at the time of a visit.
Being a elderly person my self it scares me to age to the point of not knowing my family if I live so long. I pray God will help my family as I read about his presence in each word in this heart filled caring book.
I also wish to acknowledge the caregivers and the hard work they do for the elderly and helping the families coup with the aging process of the loved one.
Top international reviews
The thing that permeates every page is love - between lovers, husband and wife, parent and child, and siblings. I'm so grateful to have read it and that Jean Lee found t within herself to write it.
I laughed, cried , and learned a lot about the tough decisions that may need to be made against the parents wishes in order to keep them together and safe in the big picture