Posted on June 3, 2011 by

Me and My Alzheimer’s

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.

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  • Lesley-Ann Smith said:

    "I really wish you would do some more research with service users who have been in long-term services i.e. with paranoid schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder. I sincerely think this community are the 'forgotten' ones. Dementia is a worthy political and social fight but please don't forget there are many service users out there that need support.".

  • Mona Guckian Fisher said:

    "thank you , I will be buying the book. My lovely husband was also diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers at age 52. He never accepted the diagnosis. I completely colluded and lived in denial for a couple of years. It's the hardest thing, and the deterioration is heartbreaking. 7 years have passed and much has changed.I am grateful that he is still home with me despite the enormous challenges that often present. I can't believe how little there is out there for this age group. I want to change the world but don't have the energy. I am very sad still but have more acceptance. And I do believe that acceptance is the answer!! I am not sure that anything can prepare one for living with this disease. Thank you".

  • Mona Rizk Ibrahim said:

    "God Bless you!... I would like to be a friend with Norm on Facebook.".

  • Robin S. Stone said:

    "I LOVE this book, and Norm!!! He's a friend of mine on facebook. We met through a friend who I met through the Alzheimer's Association. My mother suffers from this terrible disease as well. I have done the "Memory Walk" and plan to continue to raise awareness as long as there is no cure for this disease. I am very likely to have it when I'm older, like my mother and her three late sisters. Norm is THE VOICE and FACE of ALZHEIMER's, as far as most of me and many of my friends are concerned. Nobody with this disease has been able to tell anyone what's going on with them, in their mind the way Norm has. He's remarkable. I just hope it's not too much for him. Please advertise this book to it's fullest!!! Thank you. Sincerely, Robin S. Stone".

  • Heather Pearson said:

    "A great review for Norrm's (Norman MacNamara)book and richly deserved. I do hope many thousands will read Norman's book and draw strength and inspiration from it.I am honoured to be one of Norman's Facebook friends. Heather Pearson (Daughter to Mum in year 12 of Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease)".

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