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Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease

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A literary collection that illumines the darkness of Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is now estimated to affect one in two persons over the age of eighty and is being diagnosed in people as young as fifty. For the many people now trying to cope with a loved one suffering from this tragic disease, this collection will provide solace and valuable insight for family me
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Paperback, 247 pages
Published December 15th 2008 by Kent State University Press
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Matthew Gatheringwater
Mar 11, 2012 Matthew Gatheringwater rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: caregivers and friends of people living with Alzheimer's disease
Shelves: caregiving, nursing

Memory says, Guess again:
Which hand? Then switches
whatever it's holding.

It scrambles her recipes,
teaspoon & tablespoon,
pinch & cup,

steals salt from the shaker,
leaves sugar in its place
An April fool waiting for her to taste

Loss is the starting place of many of the poems in this collection. Loss of memory. Loss of personality and identity. Roles lost to the effects of disease: mothers and fathers have forgotten the children who now care for them. Poems such as She Falls for It Ove
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Cameron Mcconnell
Jun 26, 2017 Cameron Mcconnell rated it it was amazing
As a family physician and the daughter of a parent with Lewy body dementia this book strummed my heartstrings in many ways. It was interesting how the poets dealt with their challenges and losses through the different phases of the disease. I laugher and cried and was charmed by the beautiful and clever language. This book will have a place on my shelf at work to offer to those struggling with the long loss process that is dementia.
Judith Shadford
Oct 06, 2009 Judith Shadford rated it it was amazing
Of course, I'm prejudiced. Holly is my friend, and she has done a magnificent job pulling together both poems and pieces of creative nonfiction. The resulting collection breaks the stereotype of Alzheimer's sufferers, opening a hazy glimpse of people who have been loved, who have been distinct individuals their whole lives and who are now disappearing into an uncertain distance from their loved ones. These pieces circle around the conjecture that the watchers are not just losing those they've sp ...more
Shel
Sep 19, 2010 Shel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hospice, poetry
This inspired collection provides a definition of art: using a craft to express transcendent humanity. These are needful, well-wrought pieces filled with compelling ideas, emotions and memories. Savor what's here.

Perfect for: "...doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice workers, daughters, sons, wives, and husbands - whose lives have been touched by the disease."

Notable for me: Linda Alexander's "Time With the Dying," Christine Higgins' "The Day Room," Sybil Lockhart's "Naked," Joanne Clarkson'
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B. Lynn
Feb 19, 2010 B. Lynn rated it it was amazing
The literature is touching, frightening, and eye-opening. Each author's comments about the circumstances surrounding the piece add new dimension. Whether you are a caregiver or not, you should check this one out.
Ann
Dec 01, 2010 Ann rated it it was amazing
A lovely and moving anthology. I checked it out from the library but now I plan to buy a copy.
Celeste
Apr 06, 2012 Celeste rated it really liked it
Really thorough collection of poetry and prose on Alzheimer's, a disease that makes so many silent.
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