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Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease

4.75 of 5 stars 4.75  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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 members as well as for those in the medical community who work with anyone ...more
Paperback, 247 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Kent State University Press
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Matthew Gatheringwater
Mar 29, 2012 Matthew Gatheringwater rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Judith Shadford
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
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'
B. Lynn
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.
Really thorough collection of poetry and prose on Alzheimer's, a disease that makes so many silent.
A lovely and moving anthology. I checked it out from the library but now I plan to buy a copy.
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