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The Long Road Called Goodbye

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Part clinical case study, part family journal, The Long Road Called Goodbye is a powerful and moving account of one family's thirteen-year struggle with Alzheimer's. This engaging informative book is a closly documented clinical study that reads like a novel, filled with all the fellings, crises, and conflicts experienced by patient and family. It is a story of love, loyalty, perservance, strength, and dignity. The Long Road Called Goodbye makes a major contribution to the care of AD patients and their families. ...
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Overview

Part clinical case study, part family journal, The Long Road Called Goodbye is a powerful and moving account of one family's thirteen-year struggle with Alzheimer's. This engaging informative book is a closly documented clinical study that reads like a novel, filled with all the fellings, crises, and conflicts experienced by patient and family. It is a story of love, loyalty, perservance, strength, and dignity. The Long Road Called Goodbye makes a major contribution to the care of AD patients and their families. The book will be of interest to professionals who work with Alzheimer's patients, including physicians, staff at care-giving facilities, and state agencies, as well as to families who struggle with this disease.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881871347
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte A. Akin holds a B.A. from the University of Washington in sociology and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland. When her mother first received a tentative diagnosis of Alzheimer's, the author became the family researcher and began a case study. From then until the end of her mother's life, she charted the course of this disease.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2001

    Sharing the Road

    This book is full of real life; so enjoyable to read; the kind you do not want to put down until you are done--and I didn¿t. Then it leaves you with thinking and feeling about the very important things in life around us, like those we love and care for every day. I cried and I laughed throughout the entire book, and at the end I felt as though I had somehow shared part of the authors road with her for a brief time. She was so vulnerable with all that she walked through in her own personal experience with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer¿s. I really appreciated that about this book. The author did an outstanding job presenting the reality of Alzheimer¿s from a medical standpoint, as well as that of being a family member affected by the disease. Then she walks you through the role of being the actual caregiver. Wow! Being a health care professional myself, I felt the facts and new insights that were presented in this book were excellent. It is a great resource for those working with Alzheimer patients and for any person who has been called to the care of their own loved one with Alzheimer¿s. It was a beautiful illustration of laying one¿s own life down and all that entails. It is a challenge to those dealing with caring for their own ill loved one, as well a great source of encouragement! I highly recommend this book to health professionals dealing with Alzheimer¿s, and the friends and most of all, families, of those whose lives this tragic disease has struck. You will not regret the time devoted to this very meaningful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2001

    A Must Read For Anyone now dealing with Alzheimer's

    This book is a must read for anyone who has to face Alzheimer's with a loved one or spouse. An easy read, and filled with compassion, strength, love and humanity. Very informative, doesn't complicate with medical vernacular and terminology. A truly emotion filled story of one family's challenges and solutions to an extremely debilitating disease. A real life situation and the beautiful way in which it was handled.

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