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I Still Do: Loving and Living with Alzheimer's Hardcover – September 15, 2009
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Chances are you know someone whose family is coping with Alzheimer's disease. More than 5 million Americans have it. For the millions who are caregivers, it's normal to feel anger, denial, depression or worse. Many of them probably don't want to be reminded that November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month.
But this disease has been in the closet too long, says Southern California photographer Judith Fox, whose new book, I Still Do: Loving and Living with Alzheimer's, is an inspiration. She wants to remove the stigma and sense of isolation so many families feel. Just three years into her marriage to Dr. Edmund Ackell, a multi-talented man who was a surgeon, pilot, artist, athlete and university administrator, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. For years, Fox had to see the man who'd wielded a scalpel or a basketball with utter confidence forget how to use the coffeemaker or recall what someone just said to him. But instead of falling into despair, Fox decided to capture the still-very-much-intact soul of the man she loves in luminous, funny, charming and heartbreaking photos. It was another way of loving him and touching him, she explains.
Why do family caregivers do what we do? she asks about this devastating disease in the video below. Because it's a privilege to help somebody, she says. We can do no less.
Fox is brave. It took me years to be able to talk or write about the caregiving journey I took with my father during his long illness. And I wish I'd had more practical resources like Leeza's Place, founded by TV celeb Leeza Gibbons during her caregiving experiences with her mom. But I now see how much I learned from that time in my life and how it helped me grow. Fox's beautiful book I Still Do is a powerful reminder that love can endure no matter what. --Ladie's Home Journal
"Modern, chic, just lovely." Rated one of Photo-eye Magazine's best ten photography books of 2009 as selected by Jennifer Thompson, editorial director of Princeton Architectural Press. --Photo-eye Magazine
About the Author
Roy Flukinger is the Senior Research Curator of Photography and former Senior Curator of Photography and Film of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published and lectured extensively in the fields of regional, cultural, and contemporary photography, and on the history of art and photography, and has produced or participated in nearly 80 exhibitions. He is currently completing the book and exhibition, Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty.
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This is a piercingly beautiful tribute from a wife/caregiver/partner--truly a gift for all who see, made with rare honesty and candor and even humor, a necessary ingredient that keeps everyone afloat.
Understanding their pain and denial is difficult at best. Judith's book at once shows you the depth of empathy possible in the caressing and nurturing of your loved one's process. You can feel it in her intimate photography while you sense the mood and the depth of their love for one another in her words. It was a moving, almost spiritual feeling I had as I went through the book. My husband, Hank, has Alzheimer's. Judith's book validates what I believe, that the love deepens in new and wonderfully rewarding ways if you simply allow it to happen. Thank you, Judith, for this lovely, magnificent book.
explores love and the human condition using poetic prose and gorgeous photos. I highly recommend this book to anyone who responds to beautiful writing and wonderful photography. Also would be a great gift.
Joan E. Hertz, Ph.D
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I knew him well. Why so many naked photos? Why so many (almost) blank pages?
It was more about photography than his story. And I found the photography poor.
I loved this book and thought the photos were loving and articulate in showing the devastation of this disease. I was so sorry to read today that Dr. Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Onward
I felt like these photos and commentary were not respectful of the person or the topic. It added little insight to the actual deterioration of the disease and the toll it takes on... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Stella Grant
I HAVE THE BOOK, i READ IT-EXCELLENT ILLUSTRATIONS,GREAT PICTURES TAKEN BY HIS WIFE, HEART BREAKING,BUT IS A GREAT READ FOR EVERYONE.Published on December 9, 2013 by dora kourdian
For the price I expected more. Already know what it feels like was looking for help &guidance. Pictures didn't do much for mePublished on October 2, 2013 by Lucinda T Longo
This book was a wonderful tribute to Mr. Ackell and a eye opening view to living with Alzheimer's in your life. Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by Teresa Scholze
This book is a very touching, personal, and yet I can see pieces of my mom in the author's pictires .Published on December 11, 2011 by jtimanclan
Having just coped with my husbands Alzheimers and having a celebration of his life, I found this book a delight. Read morePublished on December 3, 2011 by marian moses