Memories are Precious: Alzheimer's Journey: Ruth's Story Paperback – November 23, 2009
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- Publisher : Xlibris (November 23, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 162 pages
- ISBN-10 : 144158479X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1441584793
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.37 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,359,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is one of many comments made by Ruth throughout the book, Memories are Precious, written by her faithful daughter, Fran Lewis. This is an important book that everyone should read. It is down-to-earth with intimate insights which provide the reader with help and care. Also, it makes us aware that there is a need for a cure for Altzheimer's. Lewis writes, "MOM! We will never stop fighting for you and never give up on a cure!"
It is interesting to read the words straight from Ruth which covers how her life changed beginning in July, 2003. The 162 page book includes pictures of family members and friends. Many of them have written about the good times they had with Ruth before Altzheimer's set in.For example, her great-granddaughter, Carly Tappan, wrote: "...I love you Grandma Ruth. You are the best grandmother in the whole world..."
There are several poems about Altzheimer's. Fran Lewis engages us with two wonderful poems that she wrote,"Because I Am Right: Because Her Words Are Few", and "Before It Is Too Late." A letter written by Fran Lewis to her mom covers the topic of "Why Me?"
I was drawn into this book as though I was a family member---living the journey with Ruth and her close supporters.
The book is an excellent source of information for care-givers and about the disease itself. Lewis provides key information on: power of attorney, papers and documents needed, possible expenses, meeting financial responsibilities, determining whether your loved one should continue driving, special tips for care-givers, types of care, stages of Altzheimer's, qustions to ask your doctor, and ten signs of Altzheimer's disease.
It was a privilege to review Memories Are Precious. It is different from many other books on the Altzheimer disease. It's different because Fran Lewis opens up her heart to us and explains the Altzheimer journey of her mom in a realistic, earthy way.
At first glance, the lovely portrait on the front cover of Ms. Lewis' book gives the impression that this book is just one of so many memoirs we now see in book stores/online book sites. But when you take a closer look at the small print below the title, you will be overwhelmed to see that this is a memoir of Ruth Swerdloff's journal with altzheimers disease. Ruth Swerdloff is the loving mother of Fran Lewis. Ms. Lewis wants to share this personal and heartfelt story with everyone because there are so many people who are still not aware of altzheimers, a deadly disease that strikes regardless of color, wealth, position...and has no cure. She has devoted her life to raising money for research, improvement of nursing homes and better understanding of how to deal with having a loved one being struck with this tragic situation.
To date, there are medications that may slow down the progression of the disease but that is not enough. A cure MUST be found before more and more innocent people fall prey Most of us are familiar with the most famous person to suffer from this disease...President Ronald Reagan suffered with altzheimers for 10 years. His loyal and devoted wife was there for him. However, the average everyday person with this disease will probably wind up in a nursing home. Sadly, many nursing homes are now under investigation for neglect of their patients. Ms. Lewis has chosen to care for her loving mother at home. Blessings to her for doing so.
In Ms. Lewis's book, she posts photographs of her family, pictures of her lovely mother, her very handsome father, pictures of herself...THESE PICTURES HIT YOU RIGHT WHERE YOU LIVE...IN YOUR HEART...TO SEE REAL PEOPLE...TO KNOW THIS IS NOT A MADE UP STORY...NOT YOUR AVERAGE RESEARCH PAPER...it is a shocking effort to make you feel the pain of seeing her lovely mother from a day gone by, when she was young, healthy and vibrant. To see such a beautiful woman dancing with her devoted husband. To see her with family and to KNOW that if you saw her today, you probably would not recognize her. Her life and precious memories of those days are slowly being erased from her mind. Could YOU deal with that? What if that was YOUR mother?
Ms. Lewis wants everyone in this world to rally together, to read her painful story of her mother's journey with this deadly disease. Please write or call your local politicians, assemblymen, councilmen, community leaders, newspapers and t.v./radio stations to find out where you can donate to research for a cure! Do it now before one more person is struck.
Most of all, think of Ruth, mother of Fran Lewis. Keep her in your mind and in your heart. She is the image of all mothers. Read her story, her journey from healthy mother to ailing patient. She is now being cared for at home by her very loving daughter, Fran Lewis.
Please buy her book and know that ALL proceeds go to research for a cure. Please read her book from front cover to back. Show it to your friends. Give it to your library. Make sure it is seen by everyone! DO IT FOR RUTH, FOR FRAN, FOR ME, FOR YOURSELF. PLEASE!!!
It is an honor to review this very heartfelt book, written by Fran Lewis, New York City Board of Education Teacher & Administrator.
My name is Irene Brodsky, Faculty Member Brooklyn College City University of New York and author of