On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's: 2nd Edition

On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's: 2nd Edition


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This is a book about living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it. It is a book about hope, faith, and humor—a prescription far more powerful than the conventional medication available today to fight this disease.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US—and the only one of these diseases on the rise.
More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia; about 35 million people worldwide.

Greg O’Brien, an award-winning investigative reporter, has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's and is one of those faceless numbers. Acting on long-term memory and skill coupled with well-developed journalistic grit, O’Brien decided to tackle the disease and his imminent decline by writing frankly about the journey. O’Brien is a master storyteller. His story is naked, wrenching, and soul searching for a generation and their loved ones about to cross the threshold of this death in slow motion. On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s is a trail-blazing roadmap for a generation—both a “how to” for fighting a disease, and a “how not” to give up!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991340187
Publisher: Good Night Books
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Edition description: Expanded
Pages: 417
Sales rank: 21,604
Product dimensions: 5.69(w) x 8.31(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Greg O’Brien has more than 35 years of newspaper and magazine experience as a writer, editor, investigative reporter, and publisher. Over the years, he has contributed to, among other publications, the Associated Press, UPI, USA Today, Arizona Republic, Boston Herald American, Boston Metro, New York Metro, Philadelphia Metro, Providence Journal, Cape Cod Times, Boston Irish Reporter, and Boston Magazine, where he was senior writer. He is former editor and publisher of the Cape Codder and Register newspapers, former editor of Cape Cod Life, and was a founding managing director of Community Newspaper Company in Boston. He is the editor/author of several books, has published 17 books by other writers through his publishing affiliate Codfish Press, has written/produced documentaries, and has been a scriptwriter. O’Brien is the editor and president of Stony Brook Group located on Cape Cod in Brewster, MA, through which he runs local, regional, and national political and corporate communication strategy campaigns. He and his wife Mary Catherine have three children: Brendan, Colleen, and Conor.

Lisa Genova, PhD, is the New York Times best-selling author of Still Alice, Left Neglected, and Still Anthony.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Original Edition Lisa Genova xiii

Foreword: New Horizons Lisa Genova xvii

Preface: The Nun Study Molly Perdue xix

Acknowledgments xxvii

Introduction: Living with Alzheimer's 1

Part 1 On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's

1 A Place of Recall 13

2 Mr. Potato Head 18

3 Hell No! 28

4 Heading Out to Pluto 34

5 "Denial Ain't a River in Egypt" 53

6 The Wayback Machine 64

7 Smart Pills 72

8 Rocks in My Head 83

9 American Pie 89

10 Forget-Me-Nots 105

11 Dead-End Street 115

12 Passing the Baton 128

13 Angels Unawares 141

14 Groundhog Day 158

15 Out to the Kuiper Belt 170

Part 2 Beyond a Diagnosis

16 New Horizons 191

17 The Demons Were Chasing 203

18 "Ya Gotta Believe!" 218

19 Winter Solstice 226

20 Seeking Redemption 253

21 Switzerland or Bust… 264

22 Sweet Adeline 276

23 "Which One of You Nuts Has Got Any Guts?" 285

Part 3 Reflections of the Family

24 "Miles from Nowhere" by Mary Catherine McGeorge O'Brien 329

25 The Good and the Bad by Conor Michael O'Brien 342

26 Unforgettable by Brendan McGeorge O'Brien 350

27 Walking in Faith by Colleen (O'Brien) Everett 356

Epilogue David Shenk 362

Resources 365

About the Author 377

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