According to the Alzheimer’s Association:
• 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease.
• Every 67 seconds someone develops the disease.
• Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
• In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion.
Far from simply being a disease that only influences the brain, Alzheimer’s essentially becomes a death sentence for those affected with the disease. There is no prevention and there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a devastating diagnosis for the patient, as well as for the patient’s loved ones.
Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women. There are 2.5 times more women than men providing around the clock, intensive care for someone with Alzheimer’s. Suzette Brown’s book, Alzheimer’s: Through My Mother’s Eyes drives these statistics home for readers. Her personal account of how her life was turned upside down after her own mother’s diagnosis is a touching, poignant and heartbreaking account of the unending care, constant decision-making, emotional rollercoaster that takes over the lives of Alzheimer’s caregivers.
Without a doubt, Suzette’s frustration, anger and at times hopelessness comes across in her book as no informational or statistical website possibly could. Thru her eyes we see how strong-willed and determined one woman can be when it comes to doing what’s best for the most important female role model in her life. Not all gloom and doom, Alzheimer’s: Through My Mother’s Eyes is at times sweetly touching and moving. One can’t help but put themselves in the author’s shoes. The ending had me in tears and I found myself praying I would never have to be in the same situation as Suzette.
I would recommend Suzette Brown’s book for anyone who may be going through the agony of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. While many support groups exist, finding the time to attend one while holding a full-time job, taking care of a family and caring for the Alzheimer’s patient is often impossible. Not only are we privy to Suzette’s personal agony, we are also given some extremely beneficial advice along the way. The financial and legal information given is an invaluable resource, and Suzette has been thorough in including some valuable resources at the conclusion of her book.