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Under the Bridge Backwards: My Marriage, My Family, and Alzheimer's based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Barbara Roy gives us a new perspective on the experience of Alzheimer's disease in the family context—specifically within marriage. Her telling of her struggle through Alzheimer's disease with her husband, Phil, is surprising in its openness. Her writing is at once frank and personal, and although we know from the outset what the medical outcome for Phil will be, the story is not a medical one. It is a story about a couple and a family and their own circles of caregivers—from friends who find ways to help them restore strength and enjoy other aspects of life, to professionals whose help allows difficult decisions become possible to make. When the last page has been turned, Phil himself emerges as one of the many heroes of the story. People directly caring for a loved one with any form of dementia may not have the time or energy to read even this book, which is a quick read. But their family members and friends, and their religious, social, or professional communities, will find much insight in it, and that may help them find answers to the question “What can I do to help?” when the caregiver is struggling to respond to it. [Disclosure: I am one of the publishing consultants who worked with 7T Books on the publication of this memoir.]