Description: This is a single-author, first person account of what it's like to have early Alzheimer's disease. The author is a retired clinical psychologist.
Purpose: Its purpose is to let the lay public and healthcare providers know what's ticking inside the head of a person who has early Alzheimer's disease. These are worthy objectives and they are well met in this book.
Audience: Many persons will respond to this telling, ranging from a lay audience to the full range of social scientists. Physicians at all levels of training will find use of his suggestions of how to approach the patient and how not to behave in front of early dements.
Features: This is a series of short essays, most several pages long. Interspersed are quotes from Internet sources. At the end there is a list of organizations that serve persons with Alzheimer's disease and their loved ones.
Assessment: This is such a personal telling of a tale. The voice of the author, alternatively sardonic, then questioning and imploring, has a wonderful tone. The breadth of stories cited is the mark of a very wise person. Part Eric Berne, part Henry Fonda in "On Golden Pond," part the final movement of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, this work moves one to tears.