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Title:
Slow dancing with a stranger : lost and found in the age of Alzheimer's
Author:
Comer, Meryl, author.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperOne, [2014]
Physical Description:
224 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
A broadcast journalist and leading Alzheimer's advocate shares her husband's battle with Alzheimer's disease, examining this devastating condition and its effects on the people who have it and those who care for them.
Language:
English
Contents:
Every 68 seconds -- Early signs -- A different reality -- Two uncertain worlds -- Out of reach -- A difficult patient -- Changing landscape -- Dressed in black -- We are not available right now -- Behind closed doors -- The message has been sent -- Outlasting the brain -- Repeating myself.
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ISBN:
9780062130822

9780062130853
Format :
Book

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A New York Times Bestseller

Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist and leading Alzheimer's advocate Meryl Comer's Slow Dancing With a Stranger is a profoundly personal, unflinching account of her husband's battle with Alzheimer's disease that serves as a much-needed wake-up call to better understand and address a progressive and deadly affliction.

When Meryl Comer's husband Harvey Gralnick was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 1996, she watched as the man who headed hematology and oncology research at the National Institutes of Health started to misplace important documents and forget clinical details that had once been cataloged encyclopedically in his mind. With harrowing honesty, she brings readers face to face with this devastating condition and its effects on its victims and those who care for them. Detailing the daily realities and overwhelming responsibilities of caregiving, Comer sheds intensive light on this national health crisis, using her personal experiences--the mistakes and the breakthroughs--to put a face to a misunderstood disease, while revealing the facts everyone needs to know.

Pragmatic and relentless, Meryl has dedicated herself to fighting Alzheimer's and raising public awareness. "Nothing I do is really about me; it's all about making sure no one ends up like me," she writes. Deeply personal and illuminating, Slow Dancing With a Stranger offers insight and guidance for navigating Alzheimer's challenges. It is also an urgent call to action for intensive research and a warning that we must prepare for the future, instead of being controlled by a disease and a healthcare system unable to fight it.


Table of Contents

Introduction Every 68 Secondsp. 1
1 Early Signsp. 9
2 A Different Realityp. 33
3 Two Uncertain Worldsp. 51
4 Out of Reachp. 71
5 A Difficult Patientp. 85
6 Changing Landscapep. 105
7 Dressed in Blackp. 125
8 We Are Not Available Right Nowp. 141
9 Behind Closed Doorsp. 157
10 The Message Has Been Sentp. 173
11 Outlasting the Brainp. 185
12 Repeating Myselfp. 199
Acknowledgmentsp. 219
About the Authorp. 223