- File Size: 908 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Publication Date: November 7, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0064P9PS8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#2,141,338 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #676 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Parenting & Relationships > Aging Parents > Eldercare
- #685 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Parenting & Relationships > Aging Parents > Aging
- #1649 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Diseases & Physical Ailments > Alzheimer's Disease
The Coming Tsunami Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Penney tells the story of a family that is bound by commonalities of upbringing, yet polarized due to paths they have chosen throughout their lives, as they are forced to deal with a father who is mentally deteriorating as Alzheimers takes hold. Anna May takes on the role of sole caregiver forcing her to make some difficult and life altering decisions in order to provide the appropriate care. This is complicated by the fact that she is not actually a blood relative. Her father, Charley Noble, is the best friend to the Alzheimer patient, Timmy Geissen, who has been like an uncle to her. It is further complicated by the fact she was formerly in a relationship with Timmy Geissen's son, Paul which ended badly and the only relationship that remains is one of resentment and disdain. Anna May's love for Uncle Timmy trumps all as she cares for him, along with her father who is also suffering from an aggressive dementia. Mr. Penney eloquently captures the emotions, difficulties, and the universal experiences that come with these afflictions, as well as the complexity and reality of family. If you have experienced a loved one's fall into the world of Alzheimers, after reading this book you will know, you are not alone.
I thought I knew a good bit about dementia but the book taught me a good bit more. If you think dementia manifests itself through memory loss only, please read the book. My Dad is a perfect example. Indeed, his short term memory is very bad but he has also started to become how should I say, more "crude" in his behaviors. Now I understand where this is/may be coming from.
The book also vividly documents the day to day struggles caregivers encounter. This is a hideous, horrible disease that needs immediate attention from the medical fields government and individuals.
I highly recommend this book.
And when the Tsunami Comes, I can only hope that all of our friends and family show the save level of love and dedication as the people in this book.
Thank you for a great read.
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