The Thousand Mile Stare: Living with the Legacy of Alzheimer's

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A true story of one Midwestern family’s discovery, The Thousand Mile Stare combines factual medical research, intriguing family genealogy, and the emotional challenges of the Reiswigs as they experience the devastating effects of Early Onset Alzheimer’s and act out their desires to understand the science behind the illness.

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The Thousand Mile Stare: One Family's Journey through the Struggle and Science of Alzheimer's

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A true story of one Midwestern family’s discovery, The Thousand Mile Stare combines factual medical research, intriguing family genealogy, and the emotional challenges of the Reiswigs as they experience the devastating effects of Early Onset Alzheimer’s and act out their desires to understand the science behind the illness.

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Alzheimer's disease has had an impact on myriad families, yet few have been as drastically affected as the Reiswigs. Here, Reiswig describes what it is like to grow up in a family plagued by the Alzheimer's gene. Long before Alzheimer's became a household word, the Reiswig family watched one relative after another undergo personality changes and forgetfulness before old age. Initially embarrassed to comment in public and then driven to find answers, the family participated in research studies aimed at locating the genes responsible for early-onset Alzheimer's disease. The story of a family wrought with fear, desperation, grief, shame, self-doubt, and denial is interspersed with brief, jargon-free comments on research relating to the disease. VERDICT Though not a source for the latest treatments or scientific facts, Reiswig's moving account will connect with readers who have been touched by this devastating disease.—Tina Neville, Univ. of South Florida at St. Petersburg Lib.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781857885361
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2010

    A horrifying disease

    My step-dad is one of the individuals talked about in this book. He was ripped out of our lives from this horrible disease at just the age of 54. What Alz. has done to this family is beyond words.

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