Hold on for a no-holds-barred look at what it's like to live day to day with Alzheimer's disease. Other books
and Internet websites provide signs, symptoms, and checklists. The Real Alzheimer's tells it like it really is in
21 candid interviews with caregivers, family members, practitioners, and the patients themselves.
These emotionally compelling true stories of ordinary people coping with the different facets of Alzheimer's
disease cover a variety of situations: husbands or wives caring for their partners, children caring for their
parents, and practitioners caring for their patients. You'll hear from a cross-section of society: high income
and low, well-educated and street-wise. You'll witness the beginning, middle, late, and end stages of this
devastating disease. You'll meet caregivers dealing with their struggles alone, those paying for in-home
care, and those who have placed their loved one in a nursing home.
The Real Alzheimer's is filled with the often poignant, sometimes funny, occasionally earthy, and always
thought-provoking experiences and advice of those who are personally dealing with Alzheimer's disease and
other forms of dementia. Here you'll find an honest and heart-felt look at what to expect when the
diagnosis of Alzheimer's becomes a reality, and the best way to handle the challenges that lie ahead.
The word "Alzheimer's" has become part of your vocabulary, and you're looking for answers.
Now, a book that tells it like it really is.
With awareness comes acceptance.
Watch Parts 1 & 2 of an Alzheimer's presentation by the
author of The Real Alzheimer's, Suzanne Giesemann
The Pioneer Network - This group called for a radical change in the culture of aging so that when our grandparents, parents — and
ultimately ourselves — go to a nursing home or other community-based setting it is to thrive, not to decline.
Meet the real people ...
Each of the very real people you will meet in The Real Alzheimer's is dealing with the disease in a different way. Below is a synopsis of the
varied situations each faces.
* Names with an asterisk represent those who have requested to remain anonymous.
Judy and Bud Simms Judy and Bud both lost their spouses to Alzheimer's. Both of their spouses spent their final days in a nursing home after being cared for as long as
possible at home. Judy and Bud met each other in a support group, and are now married to each other. Feisty and wise to the many faces of Alzheimer's
disease, Judy is the facilitator of the support group to which many of those featured in The Real Alzheimer's belong.
George and Carolyn Biocic
Street-wise plumber George is the caregiver to his wife Carolyn, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. George cares for Caroloyn at home, and is
having a difficult time adjusting to his new role as a caregiver. Both Carolyn and George participate in the interview, giving a glimpse into Carolyn's
deteriorating mental state.
Dennis and Nancy Humberstone
Former Fortune 500 executive George is the caregiver for his wife Nancy, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 57. Nancy is present in the house
during the interview, but she is in the very late stages and is non-responsive. Dennis has full-time in-home professional care for Nancy, and he is
beginning to make plans for life without his wife.
Paula and Tony Falo
Paula and Tony did all they could to care for Paula's cousin, Leo, and Leo's wife, Alice, both of whom had Alzheimer's at the same time. This Italian
couple from New York is opinionated, spirited, and holds nothing back as they describe what it was like caring for two loved ones at once.
Jackie and Biff Campbell Tough, gritty Jackie Campbell was the full-time caregiver for her husband, Biff. She kept him at home until the late stages of his disease. After a
traumatic and unnecessary ordeal during a doctor's visit, Biff was hospitalized against Jackie's will, leading to his death just 40 days before the