Alzheimer’s Through the Alphabet

One Journey of Ups and Downs

by Leslie F. Hergert



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/22/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781480859647
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781480859654

About the Book

This book provides a vivid story of life with Alzheimer’s—or at least, one story of one family with an unusual sense of humor. Told in an unconventional style (through the alphabet rather than chronologically), Leslie F. Hergert describes the sadness, humor, and challenges of caring for a partner with Alzheimer’s Disease through its many stages. Each letter of the alphabet provides reflections on some facet of the Alzheimer’s experience, told with honesty and a wry eye.

Leslie spoke at our conference on Dementia and attendees said that her stories were the most powerful part of a very good conference. Her book extends that speech to provide an inside view of living with Alzheimer’s, a comfort for others living with the disease and an education for outsiders.

Nancy Willbanks, Somerville Cambridge Elder Services

Ms. Hergert writes candidly and poignantly about her experience caring for her husband with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. She touches upon the major cognitive, psychological, and functional changes that occur over the course of the disease, and she provides practical tips to caregivers on how to manage them. She also writes movingly about the multiple emotions she felt as she accompanied her husband on the journey, reminding all of us that there are moments of joy and laughter even among those of loss and grief. I have no doubt that readers will find her words of wisdom helpful.

Serena Chao, MD, MSc; Geriatrics Division Chief, Cambridge Health Alliance; Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

About the Author

Leslie F. Hergert is an author, public speaker, and community activist, who was her husband’s care partner for more than ten years. During her career in education, she was nationally known for her consulting and publications, supporting schools’ efforts to be engaging and equitable for all students.