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Alzheimer's Daughter Paperback – January 16, 2015
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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 really is 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 wife, but also a love story of a daughter and her parents, as she tried to honor their wishes, despite the many obstacles this unrelenting disease placed before her. Vicki Tapia, Somebody Stole My Iron Blog
This book offers a deeply personal glimpse into the life of a family battling Alzheimer's, from its earliest stages - the odd forgetfulness, the tiny mistakes - to diagnosis, to denial, to the debate about safety, the management of simple daily life, dignity, 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
About the Author
Jean Lee lives with her husband in small-town Ohio, twenty minutes from anything. Although she worked full time while her parents were ill, she is now retired after twenty-two years of teaching elementary school. Her children are married with children of their own. Five grandchildren are her greatest blessings.
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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.
Alzheimer’s Daughter follows adult sisters, Rosie and Annette, as they discover and manage the progressing cognitive impairments of their aging parents. Ed and Ibby Church are a loving couple in their eighties who’ve been married for over sixty years. Their two children are united in efforts acting as responsible caregivers to keep the parents they love safe through heartbreaking decisions, from the first telling hints of memory lapses through the inevitable end of life issues.
Lee’s familiar Alzheimer’s memoir format is elevated to a classic love story by the revelation of Ed and Ibby Church’s extraordinary courtship and marriage. World War II lovebirds, the couple’s timeless love letters are shared at the beginning of each chapter, written during their separation while Ed served in the Army. This touching correspondence adds a romantic element to keep the couple’s devotion, for each other and their family, central to their inevitable fate.
The dual diagnoses and deterioration, while difficult for Rosie and Annette to manage as caregivers, turns out to be the final blessing bestowed upon Ed and Ibby for a life well lived. The elderly couple’s oblivion to their plight helps them fade away together hand in hand, with neither forced to endure the other’s incapacity.
Alzheimer’s Daughter is a beautifully written tribute to the extraordinary love and lives of the author’s parents. The story offers a map on how to maneuver through the pitfalls of dementia care while honoring our parents with dignity and love through faith. The memoir reveals a modern day path many others will travel as dementia snowballs into an epidemic as baby boomers age. The journey of Alzheimer’s Daughter leads the reader through a tragic but rewarding love story with heart, like a true version of The Notebook.
Jean's parents' love letters that bookend the chapters are deeply touching. Amidst the mess and dysfunction of the everyday, it's easy to forget the full, vibrant people they once were: young and full of hope. Those letters give the deeper context of the story, which is ultimately one of love through *all* of life's stages.
Thank you, Jean; you really helped.
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