Book Review by Stan Goldberg
Entering the mind of another person is never easily. And when that person is in the midst of becoming someone he dreads, stepping across that threshold for the reader can be downright frightening. But in this insightful and poignant memoir about early onset Alzheimer’s, Norm McNamara not only gently leads you across that threshold, but sends you back with an understanding of the world Alzheimer’s patients occupy and the people who compassionately care for them. If you don’t already know someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, statistics says you will. Use this wonderful book for the basis of understanding them, bringing them back into your heart, and serving them as they move along their frightening journey. A “must read,” in an era when Alzheimer’s and dementia are reaching epidemic numbers.
Stan Goldberg is author of the internationally-award winning book, Lessons for Living, Stories of Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Courage at the End of Life. His next book, Leaning Into Sharp Points: Practical Guidance and Nurturing Support for Caregivers will be published by New World Library in March, 2012.