Kismet: From the Joy of Romance to the Agony of Alzheimer's

Kismet: From the Joy of Romance to the Agony of Alzheimer's

by Elizabeth Gibbons Van Ingen


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Liz was a young, naive California girl when she met and married Tony, a dashing Dutch-American international businessman. They met and married in Tehran, and for the next two decades they lived a glamorous life of travel and adventure. The couple lived in Iran under the Shah, cosmopolitan Morocco, Apartheid South Africa, and later placid Iowa. Then, as the years passed, the tale turned for the worse, as Tony declined into Alzheimer's dementia, and Liz took on the role of primary caregiver and head of the family. At home in Colorado, Liz reflects that her life and marriage have been an adventure in self-discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564745453
Publisher: Daniel, John & Company, Publishers
Publication date: 10/07/2013
Pages: 261
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Gibbons Van Ingen is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a major in the Humanities. After living in many places in the world, raising three daughters, and adjusting to diverse traditions, she now resides in the Denver area. She has been published in two anthologies: "The Voices of Alzheimer's” and "The Voices of Caregivers,” edited by the Healing Project. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Take My Hand 11

I Out of the Commonplace, into the Rare… 15

1 The Arrival and a Fur Coat 25

2 Caviar and a Calling Card 29

3 Kingdoms and Classrooms 34

4 Glamour, Growing Up, and an Announcement 34

5 Champagne and a Swish of a Tartan 52

6 Arabian Nights 56

7 Privilege and Lemon Meringue Pie 67

8 Interlude, or a Blip in the Fairy Tale 82

9 The Wrong Hat and Apartheid 86

II Somewhere in Space I Hang Suspended…

10 A Job and a Cornfield 97

11 The Rip Van Winkle Effect 117

III Don't Send Me in Dark Despair…

12 The End and the Beginning 131

13 Duct Tape and an Appointment 135

14 Doubt and Diagnosis 143

15 Facts and Fears 149

16 The Days, the Nights 163

17 A Lost Car and a Cruise 171

18 Mothers and Mourning 179

19 A Hundred Scattered Pins and a Decision 188

20 "Lizzie, Where's My Ticket?" 205

21 Curb Appeal 211

22 "Welcome Home, Honey!" 217

23 Cypress Court and the Psych Ward 237

24 The Place 242

24 Friday to Tuesday 250

Epilogue: A Stranger No More 253

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